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1 CHRISTMAS EVE 24 December 2015 [SCHOOL_GYM] 4:00pm CATHEDRAL of SAINT RAYMOND NONNATUS JOLIET, ILLINOIS Merry Christmas and WELCOME! We invite you to join fully in the prayer and song of this liturgy. All carols and responses for the liturgy are printed in this order of worship. We encourage your active and joyous participation! MUSIC BEFORE THE LITURGY CONGREGATIONAL CAROL Sung by all. SEATED ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY 1. Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o er all the earth; You who sang creation s story, now proclaim Messiah s birth. Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King. 2. Shepherds, in the field abiding, watching o er your flocks by night, God on earth is now residing, yonder shines the infant light. 3. Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations; you have seen his morning star. 4. Though an infant now we view him, he shall fill his heav nly throne, Gather all the nations to him; ev ry knee shall then bow down. Text: Verses 1 3, James Montgomery, ; verse 4, Christmas Box, 1825 Tune: REGENT SQUARE, with refrain; Henry Smart, CONGREGATIONAL CAROL Sung by all. SEATED GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev rywhere; Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born! 1. While shepherds kept their watching o er silent flocks by night, Behold throughout the heavens there shone a holy light. 2. The shepherds feared and trembled when, lo, above the earth Rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior s birth. 3. Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, And God sent us salvation that blessèd Christmas morn. Text: African American Spiritual; Adapted by John W. Work, Jr., Tune: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, with refrain; African American Spiritual INTRODUCTORY RITES OPENING HYMN Sung by all. O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL 1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! continued k

2 2 2. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation. Sing, all ye citizens of heav n above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! 3. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to thee be all glory giv n; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; Text: Adeste fideles, John F. Wade, c Translated by Frederick Oakley, , alt. Tune: ADESTE FIDELES, John F. Wade, c GREETING All make the sign of the cross and respond: Amen. The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. PENITENTIAL ACT A or C I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Invocation... Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Invocation... Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Invocation... Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. May almighty God... everlasting life. Amen. GLORY TO GOD Refrain sung by all. Christmas Gloria Daniel Laginya COLLECT The priest prays the opening prayer, and all respond: Amen. LITURGY OF THE WORD FIRST READING SIT ISAIAH 62:1-5 After the reading: The Lord delights in you. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. RESPONSORIAL PSALM PSALM 89 Cantor first, then all. J. Robert Carroll SECOND READING ACTS 13:16-17, After the reading: Paul bears witness to Christ, son of David. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

3 3 GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Cantor first, then all. Richard Proulx GOSPEL MATTHEW 1:18-25 Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel. Before the gospel: The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord. After the reading: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. HOMILY SIT PROFESSION OF 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, (BOW) 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. UNIVERSAL PRAYER RESPONSE: Lord, hear our prayer. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST PRESENTATION HYMN Sung by all. SIT HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING 1. Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! Joyful, all you nations, rise; join the triumph of the skies; With angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem! Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! 2. Christ, by highest heav n adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! continued j

4 4 3. Hail the heav n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, ris n with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! Text: Charles Wesley, , alt. Tune: MENDELSSOHN, D with refrain; Felix Mendelssohn, PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS... that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy church. EUCHARISTIC PRAYER The Lord be with you. And with your Spirit. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just. PREFACE ACCLAMATION Sung by all. Mass of the Angels and Saints Steven Janco MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION Sung by all. Mass of the Angels and Saints Steven Janco

5 5 AMEN Sung by all. Mass of the Angels and Saints Steven Janco LORD S PRAYER LAMB OF GOD Repeat after cantor. Mass of the Angels and Saints Steven Janco COMMUNION Behold the Lamb... Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. COMMUNION MEDITATION Sung by the cantor. Star-Child Ronald Krisman Star-Child, earth-child, go-between of God, love Child, Christ Child, heaven s lightning rod: Street child, beat child, no place left to go, hurt child, used child no one wants to know: Grown child, old child, memory full of years, sad child, lost child, story told in tears: Spared child, spoiled child, having, wanting more, wise child, faith child knowing joy in store: Hope-for-peace Child, God s stupendous sign, down-to-earth Child, Star of stars that shine: text by Shirley Erena Murray COMMUNION HYMN Sung by all. SILENT NIGHT 1. Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. 2. Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar; heav nly hosts sing alleluia! Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior, is born! 3. Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Text: Stille nacht, heilige nacht; Joseph Mohr, ; Translated by John F. Young, Tune: STILLE NACHT, ; Franz X. Gruber,

6 K 6 BLESSING AND DISMISSAL CONCLUDING RITE The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. The dismissal is announced, and all respond: Thanks be to God. CLOSING HYMN Sung by all. JOY TO THE WORLD 1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let ev ry heart prepare him room And heav n and nature sing, and heav n and nature sing, And heav n, and heav n and nature sing. 2. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let us our songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. 3. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness, And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, And wonders, wonders of his love. Text: Psalm 98; Isaac Watts, Tune: ANTIOCH, CM; Arranged from George Frideric Handel, , in T. Hawkes Collection of Tunes, 1833 Merry Christmas! COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations, and Lamb of God, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Communion Meditation text Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. All reprinted with permission under OneLicense.net account A CATHEDRAL OF SAINT RAYMOND NONNATUS JOLIET, ILLINOIS Visit us online at

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