Octave Day of Christmas: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2024


Daily Readings:

  • First Reading

    Numbers 6:22-27

    22The LORD said to Moses, 23"Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, 24The LORD bless you and keep you: 25The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: 26The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. 27"So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 67:2-3, 5-6, 8

    1May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, [Selah] 2that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations. 4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. [Selah] 5Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! 7God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

  • Second Reading

    Galatians 4:4-7

    4But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.

  • Gospel

    Luke 2:16-21

    16And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.