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The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day Mass 10:00 a.m.

December 25, 2017

And the Word became flesh

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christmas Day

We have waited and prayed for the coming of Jesus. Now the day is here! In the midst of Christmas celebrations, don’t forget the Paradox of Christmas.

Today’s Gospel proclaims that the Word became flesh – the Mystery of the Incarnation.


There are assigned Vigil Mass Scriptures,  and readings for Midnight Mass. At Saint Jude Church we do not celebrate the Mass at Dawn on Christmas, but the Scriptures of that Mass are worth reading.

On Christmas morning, the Mass During the Day Scriptures are assigned. For a reflection on the Gospel of Christmas Day, click HERE. Contemplate the Gospel mystery with lectio divina. Prepare families or groups for the Christmas Day readings.

The assignment of these scriptures for the various Masses of Christmas is not strict. Any combination of the readings may be used at any Mass. To explore all the biblical 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.


The Introit for Christmas Day is the traditional beginning of this Mass.

A child is born for us, and a son is given to us;
his scepter of power rests upon his shoulder,
and his name will be called Messenger of great counsel
Cf. Isaiah 9: 5

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.


♦ O Come, All Ye Faithful
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Silent Night [Click on SHOW MORE under the video to find specific language] ♦ What Child Is This?

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Cf. Psalm 98: 3


Who is this Jesus? Sister Vassa, a Russian Orthodox nun, encourages us to live in Christ and turn things around on Christmas.

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

To learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world, click HERE. Learn how to wish people Merry Christmas in many languages.

Take a new look, and a new listen, to the Good News of Christmas. Here’s the Christmas Story in just 50 words.

Remember that Christmas doesn’t end on December 25, it is just beginning! The final day of Christmas is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 8, 2018.

We proclaim to the whole world the joyful news! The Great Organ at Saint John the Divine joins us.


December 25, 2017
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St. Jude Catholic Church
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