Christmas Eve & Day – December 24 & 25, 2019

In his homily on Christmas eve, Fr. Luis talked about Irving Berlin and the song “White Christmas.” He cautioned us that for many people at this time of year, Christmas is neither merry nor white. He asked us to dig deeper in into the message of Christmas, to extend our love and care to those less fortunate.

Thank you all for joining us for our Christmas Eve Carol Service!

Reading 1IS 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”
Hark!  Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the LORD comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
all the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

R. (3c)  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

The beautiful Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon, trio for violin (Therese Brown), cello (Sean Brown) and piano (Winnie Meyers) recorded at the Christmas Eve Carol Service.

Reading 2HEB 1:1-6

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.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A holy day has dawned upon us.
Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
For today a great light has come upon the earth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Celtic Advent Carole by D. Angerman and M. Barret recorded from the Christmas Eve Carol Service.

GospelJN 1:1-18

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.

OrJN 1:1-5, 9-14

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.
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.

CHRISTMAS EVEN CAROL SERVICE PROGRAM

Celtic Advent Carol – D. Angerman & M. Barrett

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Gesu Bambino, Pietro Yon

Gabriel’s Message, Trad. Basque Carol, arr. by Tony Alonso

O Little Town of Bethlehem

What Child is This

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Angels We Have Hear on High

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Villancico – Puerto Rican Carol

Good Christian Friends Rejoice

The Holly She Bears a Berry – Trad. Eng. arr. by J. Clemens

Gaudete – Piae Cantiones, 1582

Advent Joy – G. Weissel / T. Jarman

I Saw Three Ships – Arr. by Kurt Bestor

Exit: Joy to the World

Scripture Reading by Fr. Luis Penaloza, Pastor, followed by Gabriel’s Message sung by St. Elizabeth Choir, recorded at the Christmas Eve Carol Service.
What Child is This
Angels We Have Heard on High
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Villancico (Christmas Carol) from Puerto Rico
The Holly She Bears a Berry, Eng. Trad. arr. by J. Clemens
Gaudete, Piae Cantiones, 1582
Advent Joy, G. Weissel / T. Jarman
I Saw Three Ships, arranged by Kurt Bestor
O Come Let Us Adore Him, children process and place infant Jesus in the crib.
The Carol Service ended with “Joy to the World” and Fr. Luis snagging the Christmas cookies from our young volunteer…but she hung on to her cookie tin!