Patristic / Medieval
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Luther Commentary (Epistle)
Pearson - On the Creed (Born
of the Virgin Mary)
Common Prayer Commentary
Thomas Boston (Epistle)
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Links to Images of the Nativity
Biblical Art on the WWW
Keble poem - Christmas
1 from The Christian Year
Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten
Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure
Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption
and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus
Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God,
world without end. Amen.
THE EPISTLE. Gal. 4. 1
NOW I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child,
differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under
tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so
we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of
a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that
we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God
hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir
of God, through Christ.
THE GOSPEL. S. Matth. 1. 18
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. Then Joseph her husband, being
a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put
her away privily. 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: and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt
call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins.
(Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and
shall bring forth a Son,
And they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.) Then
Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him,
and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth her
first-born son: and he called his name JESUS.
THE Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel:
/ the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
Ant. He hath made the round world so
sure, / that it cannot be moved.
3 Ever since the world began hath thy seat been established:
/ thou art from everlasting.
4 The floods have lift up, O Lord, the floods have
lift up their voice: / the floods lift up their waves.
5 Mightier than the roar of many waters, mightier
than the breakers of the sea, / the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mighty.
6 Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure: / holiness
becometh thine house for ever.
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
THE Lord said unto my Lord, / 'Sit thou on my right
hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.'
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of
Sion: / be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3 Thy people offer thmselves willihngly in the day
of thy power; / in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
thou hast the dew of thy youth.
Alleluia, All. The Lord sware, and will
not repent, / 'Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedech.'
Propers for Eucharistic Devotion