The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

“All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” —Isaiah 52:10

On behalf of everyone at Ascension, Jeff Cavins would like to wish all our viewers and readers a Merry Christmas. In this week’s special Encountering the Word video, Jeff opens up the readings for Christmas and encourages us to bring the gift of our Savior into our lives and the lives of all around us. The readings for the Christmas Masses are:

Vigil Mass

First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
Second Reading: Acts 13:16-17, 22-25
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25

Mass During the Night

First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Alleluia: Luke 2:10-11
Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Mass at Dawn

First Reading: Isaiah 62:11-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12
Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7
Alleluia: Luke 2:14
Gospel: Luke 2:15-20

Mass During the Day

First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6
Gospel: John 1:1-18, or John 1:1-5, 9-14


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Jeff Cavins

For thirty years, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure, the visually engaging and interactive Bible study system that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. As the founding host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock, he has been recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker who has a deep love for Jesus Christ and who communicates his zeal with clarity and enthusiasm. Jeff, his wife Emily, and their daughters live in Minnesota.

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