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Fourth Sunday of Advent / Christmas Novena, Day 9 / CHRISTMAS EVE

December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent

This last day of Advent leads us, in the evening, into the celebration of the Lord’s birth.
(Scroll down for Christmas Eve).

Until this evening, we’re still WAITING!

♦ Let the beauty of art open your heart to the Advent mysteries.
♦ Advent Week 4: Fourth Candle


GOSPEL VIDEO: Luke 1: 26-38
REFLECTION: Gabriel Visits Mary

Pray the Scripture for this Sunday. Click HERE then scroll down and click on today’s date for a video reflection. Consider today’s Gospel in your life through lectio divina.

Prepare your family or group for the readings. See reflections, sermons, and images on The Text This Week. See resources from the St. Louis University Sunday Web Site

Enjoy a commentary on today’s readings


May it be done to me according to your word.

Drop down dew from above, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain down the Just One;
let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.
Cf. Isaiah 45: 8

INTROIT: Rorate caeli


Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
A Message Came to a Maiden Young
No Wind at the Window
Ave Maria (chant)
Soon and Very Soon

Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son;
and his name will be called Emmanuel. 
Isaiah 7: 14

Listen to an excerpt from a commentary on Luke’s Gospel by Saint Bede – Office of Readings


Today is Day Nine of the Christmas Novena.

Mark your calendar now for Christmas. Open today’s door on the online Advent calendar.

Advent Wreath, Week 4:  Fourth Candle Reflection
After the lighting and reflection, listen to the song, sing along. [For the lyrics, click on SHOW MORE under the video.]

Here’s an Advent Meal Prayer. Send an e-card. Print an Advent coloring page.
Find prayers, recipes and many Advent activities.
Here’s an overview of the season in our parish, and here you’ll find the Christmas season.

Gabriel’s Message Sting sings a traditional Basque carol
Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, #1
Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, #2
German Hymn to Mary Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Coptic Hymn to Mary Just as with Fire the Bush Was Burning
♦ Byzantine Hymn to Mary Click on SHOW MORE to follow text.
♦ French Hymn to Mary Crowned with Stars, We Greet You
♦ Ukrainian Hymn to Mary Mary, You Are Our Hope

POPE FRANCIS: Like Mary, Bring Christ to the World

ADULTS: Journey in Israel: Annunciation
CHILDREN: Let’s Say Yes to God
YOUTH: Retooning the Nativity

The time draws near.
Come, Emmanuel!

In the last minute rush,
try to find even a few minutes to open your heart
to the coming of Jesus, Waiting in Silence.

Soon, very soon:
A Baby Is Comin’

Christmas Eve

In the midst of Christmas celebrations, don’t forget the Paradox of Christmas.

We celebrate the Vigil Mass of Christmas at 4:30 p.m. (with doors open at 4:00 p.m.) and at 7:00 p.m.

We celebrate the Mass During the Night (Midnight Mass) at 10:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Music begins at 9:30 p.m.  Midnight Mass at 10:00 p.m. The Chancel Choir, organ, piano and orchestra support our Christmas song. For a full, solemn and festive celebration of the Incarnation, come before 9:30 p.m.


The angel of the lord appeared to the shepherds.

There are assigned Vigil Mass Scriptures, including the Genealogy of Jesus, but there is an option on Christmas to use any of the many Christmas Mass readings at any of the Masses. On Christmas Eve, we also have the Midnight Mass Scriptures, with the Gospel of the angel announcing the Good News to the shepherds. In Poland, Midnight Mass is referred to as “Pasterka,” or the Shepherds’ Mass.

For a reflection on Christmas, click HERE, then scroll down and click on December 25. Contemplate the Gospel mystery with lectio divina.

Prepare families or groups to hear our Christmas Eve Vigil readings or our Midnight Mass readings. To explore all the bibilical texts of the Christmas Masses, with images and commentaries, click HERE.

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas version

Contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation through the work of artists.


In all the Masses of Christmas we show our humble awe before the the mystery of the Incarnation. During the Profession of Faith, at the words “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man” we bend the knee instead of our usual bow.

No matter the scripture readings proclaimed, the prayer texts of the Vigil Mass of Christmas are different from those of the Mass During the Night (Midnight Mass).

Before Midnight Mass, we open the doors at 9:00 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. Christmas music begins. At 10:00 p.m., in a darkened church, we light candles in the hands of all present. We stand for the solemn chanting of the Proclamation of Christmas from the Roman Martyrology.


Before or after Christmas Mass, you may bless your Christmas tree. Make sure you begin your Christmas meals with prayer. You may want to send an e-card. Here’s an overview of the season.

This Vigil of Christmas is observed in many ways. In Poland, and among Poles everywhere, it is Wigilia. Italians celebrate La Vigilia. In Mexico it’s Nochebuena. Germans observe Weihnachten. Here are some other ways the Christmas Eve is observed.

Have you thought about a Social Media Christmas?

You can wish people a Merry Christmas in many languages.

Listen to:
Silent Night in German
Silent Night in Italian
Silent Night in Polish
Silent Night in French
Silent Night in Croatian
Silent Night in Vietnamese
Silent Night in Arabic
Silent Night in Irish
Silent Night in Swahili
Silent Night in Spanish



December 24, 2017
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St. Jude Catholic Church
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Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-6609

St. Jude Catholic School
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