The Liturgical Season Of Christmastide

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Christmastide: The real Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmastide (also the Christmas season) is a season of the liturgical year. The season starts at sunset on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and ends on January 3th (the day before Epiphany). The season’s colour is white.

We see, at the same time, what sort of beginning the life of the Son of God had, and in what cradle he was placed. Such was his condition at his birth, because he had taken upon him our flesh for this purpose, that he might “empty himself” (Phil 2:7) on our account. When he was thrown into a stable, and placed in a manger, and a lodging refused him among men, it was that heaven might be opened to us, not as a temporary lodging, but as our eternal country and inheritance, and that angels might receive us into their abode.
John Calvin, Harmony of the Evangelists, on Luke 2:1-7

Readings

Christmas
Year B
First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
Nativity of the Lord – Proper I
December 24 & 25, 2020
Christmas Eve, Morn, or Mid-Day
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
Nativity of the Lord – Proper II
December 24 & 25, 2020
Christmas Eve, Morn, or Mid-Day
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 62:6-12 Psalm 97 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20
Nativity of the Lord – Proper III
December 24 & 25, 2020
Christmas Eve, Morn, or Mid-Day
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) John 1:1-14
First Sunday after Christmas Day
December 27, 2020
ART — PRAYER
Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40
Holy Name of Jesus
January 1, 2021
(Mary, Mother of God)
ART — PRAYER
Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 8 Galatians 4:4-7
or
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21
New Year’s Day
January 1, 2021
ART — PRAYER
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Psalm 8 Revelation 21:1-6a Matthew 25:31-46
Second Sunday after Christmas Day
January 3, 2021
ART — PRAYER
Jeremiah 31:7-14
or
Sirach 24:1-12
Psalm 147:12-20
or
Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:(1-9), 10-18
  Italicized readings, complementary to the standard reading, may be used with, or in place of it.

 

Sources

  • Birth of Jesus. Detail from the side facing the apse of the so-called “Sarcofago di Stilicone” (“Stilicho’s sarcophagus”), an Ancient Roman christian sarcophagus dating from the 4th century. It is preserved beneath the pulpit of Sant’Ambrogio basilica in Milan, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, April 25 2007. By G.Dallorto via Wikimedia Commons
  • Lectionary from The Vanderbilt Divinity Library

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