Christmas Day: Mass at Dawn (Latin)


As mentioned in previous posts, the Church traditionally celebrates three Masses on Christmas Day. The second of the three Masses is the Mass at Dawn and it focuses on the birth of Christ in our souls. To this end, the Gospel reading for this Mass speaks of the shepherds who have seen the Christ going out into the city of Bethlehem to announce the good news - the Gospel. Through the reception of this evangelization, our hearts are converted and with the sacrament of baptism as well as the sacrament of confession, we receive the grace of conversion of heart in which the Triune God enters into our hearts.


Lux fulgebit hodie super nos: quia natus est nobis Dominus: et nomen vocabitur Admirabilis, Deus, Princeps pacis, Pater futuri saeculi: cujus regnit non erit finis.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Is. 9:2,6

Ant. Today, a light shall shine upon us, because the Lord is born to us, and His name shall be called Wonderful, God, Prince of Peace, Father of the world to come, of Whose reign there shall be no end.

V. The Lord is King, in splendor robed; robed is the Lord and girt about with strength.

V. Glory be…


Deus enim firmavit orbem terrae, qui non commovebitur: parata sedes tua, Deus, ex tunc, a saeculo tu es.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 92:1-2

Ant. For God has made the world firm, not to be moved. Thy throne, O God, stands firm from of old; Thou art from everlasting.


Exsulta, filia Sion, lauda, filia Jerusalem: ecce, Rex tuus venit sanctus et Salvator mundi.
— Missale Romanum (1962); Zech. 9:9

Ant. Rejoice, o daughter Sion! Shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! Behold, thy King shall come who is holy and Savior of the world.