we give thanks for your incarnate Son,
whose name is our salvation.
Plant in every heart, we pray,
the love of him who is the Saviour of the world,
our Lord Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, in glory everlasting.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons,
saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to
them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to
shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his
countenance upon you, and give you peace. So they shall put my
name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
REFRAIN O Lord our governor, how exalted is your name in all the
Lord our governor, how exalted is your name in all the world!
of the mouths of infants and children your majesty is praised
above the heavens. R
have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, to quell the
enemy and the avenger.
I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and
the stars you have set in their courses,
is man that you should be mindful of him? the son of man that you
should seek him out?
have made him but little lower than the angels; you adorn him with
glory and honour; R
give him mastery over the works of your hands; you put all things
under his feet;
sheep and oxen, even the wild beasts of the field, R
birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever walks in the
paths of the sea.
our governor, how exalted is your name in all the world! R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of
a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were
under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And
because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into
our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer
a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this
thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to
us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and
the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known
what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it
were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured
all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds
returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and
seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it
was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the
name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
OVER THE GIFTS
the name of Jesus brings salvation to the world.
In all we offer you this day,
may we honour him,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
you have fed us heavenly food
in the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ.
Grant that we, sharing in this mystery,
may turn always to that name which is above all others,
Jesus Christ our Lord.