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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
(Sunday)
2, 85Zech 2:10–131 John 4:7–16John 3:31–36110:1–5(6–7), 132
Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
(Monday)
28, 302 Chr 24:17–22
Wis 4:7–15
Acts 6:1–7
Acts 7:59–8:8
118
Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
(Tuesday)
97, 98Prov 8:22–30
Isa 44:1–8
1 John 5:1–12John 13:20–35145
The Holy Innocents
(Wednesday)
2, 26Isa 49:13–23
Isa 54:1–13
Matt 18:1–14
Mark 10:13–16
19, 126
Thursday
18:1–20Isa 12:1–6Rev 1:1–8John 7:37–5218:21–50
Friday
20, 21:1–7(8–14)Isa 25:1–9Rev 1:9–20John 7:53–8:1123, 27
Eve of Holy Name
(Saturday)
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
(Sunday)
103Gen 17:1–12a, 15–16Col 2:6–12John 16:23b–30148
Monday
34Gen 12:1–7Heb 11:1–12John 6:35–41 48–5133
Tuesday
68Gen 28:10–22Heb 11:13–22John 10:7–1772
Wednesday
85, 87Exod 3:1–12Heb 11:23–31John 14:6–1489:1–29
Eve of Epiphany
(Thursday)
2, 110:1–5(6–7)Josh 1:1–9
Isa 66:18–23
Heb 11:32–12:2
Rom 15:7–13
John 15:1–1629, 98
Note: References follow abbreviations from the Society of Biblical Literature.