VIGIL MASS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
READINGS AND OFFICE:
Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.
COMMENTARIES ON TODAY’S FIRST READING: Isaiah 62:1-5.
Pending: Haydock Commentary on Isaiah 62:1-5. Very brief notes.
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 89.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 89. Entire psalm.
St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 89. Entire psalm.
Pending: My Notes on Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Acts 13:16-17, 22-25.
St John Chrysostom’s Homiletic Commentary on Acts 13:16 ff. Begins at verse 16.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Matt 1:1-25. Note: One can chose between the longer reading (1-25) or the shorter reading (18-25).
Maldonado’s Commentary on Matthew 1:1-25 in Two Parts:
Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 1:1-25 in Two Parts:
Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matt 1:18-25. Shorter reading.
The Sacred Page: The Christmas Readings. Comments and reflections on all the readings for the various Masses from Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma.
St Leo the Great on Christmas. Video by Fr. Francis Martin.