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🤍 Christmas

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It begins December 25 and lasts twelve days, culminating at the Eve of Epiphany (or Twelfth Night) on January 5.

Christmastide is a time to celebrate the gift of God’s presence and to commemorate early events in Jesus’s life.

Holy Innocents’ Day (December 28), which recognizes the children executed by Herod the Great at Bethlehem according to the Gospel of Matthew.

The feast of the Holy Name of Jesus recalls when Jesus’s parents named him at Jerusalem, according to the Gospel of Luke.

The following table lists each day’s morning and evening psalms as well as the first, second, and gospel readings.

In Year One, the second reading is traditionally meant for the morning and the gospel for evening. In Year Two, the gospel is for the morning and the second reading for evening.

When there is more than one first, second, or gospel reading, then those specified for morning or evening are marked by the 🌞 and 🌛 emoji, respectively. Alternative readings are marked by the 🔀 emoji.

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Daily Office Lectionary Readings for Christmas (Year One)
🗓️ Day🌞 Morning
🎶 Psalm
1️⃣ First2️⃣ Second🗞️ Gospel🌛 Evening
🎶 Psalm
The Nativity of Christ: Christmas Day
2, 85Zech 2:10–131 John 4:7–16John 3:31–36110:1–5(6–7), 132
Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
28, 302 Chr 24:17–22
Wis 4:7–15
Acts 6:1–7
Acts 7:59–8:8
Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
97, 98Prov 8:22–30
Isa 44:1–8
1 John 5:1–12John 13:20–35145
The Holy Innocents
2, 26Isa 49:13–23
Isa 54:1–13
Matt 18:1–14
Mark 10:13–16
19, 126
First Sunday after Christmas
93, 96Isa 62:6–7, 10–12Heb 2:10–18Matt 1:18–2536
20, 21:1–7(8–14)Isa 25:1–9Rev 1:9–20John 7:53–8:1123, 27
Eve of Holy Name
46, 48Isa 26:1–9
Isa 65:15b–25
2 Cor 5:16–6:2
Rev 21:1–6
John 8:12–1990
The Holy Name of Christ
103Gen 17:1–12a, 15–16Col 2:6–12John 16:23b–30148
34Gen 12:1–7Heb 11:1–12John 6:35–41 48–5133
68Gen 28:10–22Heb 11:13–22John 10:7–1772
85, 87Exod 3:1–12Heb 11:23–31John 14:6–1489:1–29
Second Sunday after Christmas
66, 67Sir 3:3–9, 14–171 John 2:12–17John 6:41–47145
Note: References follow abbreviations from the Society of Biblical Literature.