Readings For December 22

First Reading
1 Sam 1:24-28

Hannah gives thanks for the birth of Samuel.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
   along with a three-year-old bull,
   an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
   and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
   Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
   “Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
   I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
   as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm
1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

R. :

℟. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“My heart exults in the LORD,
   my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
   I rejoice in my victory.”

℟. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“The bows of the mighty are broken,
   while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
   while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
   while the mother of many languishes.”

℟. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
   he casts down to the nether world;
   he raises up again.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich,
   he humbles, he also exalts.”

℟. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

“He raises the needy from the dust;
   from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
   and make a glorious throne their heritage.”

℟. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Acclamation before the Gospel

℟. Allelúia, allelúia.

Rex géntium et lapis anguláris Ecclésiæ:
veni, et salva hóminem quem de limo formásti

℟. Allelúia, allelúia.

Lk 1:46-56

The Mighty One has done great things for me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my savior,
   for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
   the Almighty has done great things for me,
   and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
   in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
   and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
   and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
   and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
   for he remembered his promise of mercy,
   the promise he made to our fathers,
   to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
   and then returned to her home.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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