Worship At Home
The Nativity of the Lord

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Nativity of the Lord

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

Loving God,
we have come to celebrate with hearts full of joy and gratitude the coming of your Son, Emmanuel. Though this season may look different for many, we thank you for the life-changing message of your love for us. Draw close to you all those whose hearts are battered by sorrow or broken relationships, for those whose lives know only conflict and confusion, for those whose bodies are tired and tested beyond their ability to endure this year. God of all that is good, we sing our love for you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all the faithful of every time and place. Still our hearts and quiet our minds to be grounded in your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for flames.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
both now and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,
who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say:
You are my son; this day I have begotten you?
Or again:
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me?
And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship him.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.
The Gospel of the Lord

Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

(no additional reflection today)

 

 


Reflection Song

Night of Silence into Silent Night:

wide (probably best for monitors and tablets):

tall (probably best for smart phones):

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

We who have seen the light that breaks through in the darkness,
pray for the needs of our sisters and brothers around the world.

 

For the church:
On this day of amazing good news, may we be a faithful witness to the light of Christ…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the light of peace:
For all who dwell in the darkness of war or violence across the world, in our nation and in our families…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the light of hope:
For our absent family members, for those in the military or in prison, for those seeking shelter, for refugees and all who are alone…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the light of love:
For all who provide hospitality during these holidays; for safety in travel, for those who must work today or provide for our safety…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the light of healing:
For all who are sick, those surrounded by confusion, awaiting death, or grieving the loss of a loved one…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We recall those who have died…
(pause)
Bring our beloved into your everlasting light…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Gracious God,
you have sent us the eternal light to lead us out of darkness.
We sometimes sit in shadows beyond our control or shadows of our own making.
During this holy season, make us aware that the light of Christ surrounds us and calls us to be people of light to others.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care that surrounds us on every side. Above all, we thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, for the truth of his word and the example of his life. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, and at all times and in all places, may we give thanks to you in all things. May our thanks be a life that faithfully and joyfully witnesses to your coming among us.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


 

 

 

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