Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord

Privileged Vigil of I Class, Double

INTROIT. Hodie scietis. Exod. 16.
TODAY shall ye know that the Lord will come and deliver you: and in the morning ye shall see the glory of the Lord. Ps. 23. The earth is the Lord's and all that therein is: the compass of the world and they that dwell therein. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly Expectation of the birth of thine only Son Jesus Christ: grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.

And the Seasonal Prayers shall not be said, but if the Vigil fall on a Sunday, the Sunday is commemorated.

EPISTLE. Romans 1:1-6
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ our Lord.

GRADUAL. Exod. 16. Today shall ye know that the Lord will come and save you: and in the morning ye shall see the glory of the Lord., V. Ps. 80. Hear, O thou Shepherd of Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Shew thyself, thou that sittest upon the Cherubims, before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses.

The following Alleluia with its verse shall not be said, except the Vigil fall on a Sunday.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be done away: and the Saviour of the world shall reign over us. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. St Matthew 1:18-21
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 24. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that like as we do now prevent the glorious Nativity of thy Son, so we may obtain with gladness his reward of everlasting life. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.

The common Preface shall be said, except the Vigil fall on a Sunday, when the Preface of the Most Holy Trinity shall be said.

COMMUNION. Is. 40. The glory of the Lord shall be revealed: and all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.

O LORD, we beseech thee: that like as thy only-begotten Son hath in this heavenly mystery given himself to be our meat and drink; so as at this time we may be inwardly renewed by the remembrance of his birth. Through the same.




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