Christmas Day: Mass During the Day (Latin)


The final Mass of Christmas Day focuses on the eternal birth of the Son from the Father. As such, the Gospel of Mass is John 1 and there is no Last Gospel in the Rite of St. Gregory. This Mass is a commemoration of the two central mysteries of the Christian faith: the Trinity and the Incarnation, and the propers are rich in the contemplation of these mysteries.


Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis: cujus imperium super humerum ejus: et vocabitur nomen ejus, magni consilii Angelus.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Is. 9:6

Ant. A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us Whose government is upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called the Angel of great counsel.

V. Sing ye to the Lord a new song; because He hath done marvelous things.

V. Glory be…


Tui sunt caeli, et tua est terra, orbem terrarum, et plenitudinem ejus tu fundasti: justitia et judicium praeparatio sedis tuae.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 88:12,15

Ant. Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the earth, the world and the fullness thereof Thou hast founded; justice and judgement are the preparation of Thy throne.


Viderunt omnes fines terrae salutare Dei nostri.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 97:3

Ant. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.