This Sunday is the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. As such, this Mass continues our rejoicing and our praying with the mystery of Christmas. The Gospel reading at Mass consists of the prophecies of St. Simeon and St. Anna after the presentation of Our Lord and the ritual purification of Our Lady in the temple - that He will be a sign of contradiction and that a sword will pierce Our Lady’s heart. While Christmas is certainly a time of great joy, it is such primarily because of the Cross of Christ and this Mass helps us bear that in mind. However, the Mass presents this to us in the joyful light of the loving Fatherhood of God Who sent His only-begotten Son into the world.
Ant. While everything was in the midst of silence and the night was in the midst of her course, Thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven from Thy royal throne.
V. The Lord hath reigned, He is clothed with beauty: the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded Himself.
V. Glory be…
Ant. For God has establish the world, which shall not be moved; Thy throne, O God, is prepared from of old, Thou art from everlasting.
Ant. Take the Child and His Mother, and return into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the life of the Child.