The Octave of Christmas

The eight days starting Dec. 25 and ending Jan. 1 are designated as “The Octave of Christmas”.

Dec. 25 Christmas

Dec. 26  St. Stephen  Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Ps 31:3-8,16,17  Mt 10:17-22 or

The Feast of the Holy Family  Sir 3:2-6, 12-14  Ps 128:1-5  Col 3:12-21 and

Gen 15:1-6, 21:1-3 Heb 11:8,11,12,17,18 ISam 1:20-22,24-28 IJn 3:1,2,21-24

may also be used for the second reading. (Underline all.)

Gospel  Mt 2:13-15, 19-23  or Lk 2:22-40  or Lk 2:41-52

Dec.27  St. John, Apostle IJn 1:1-4  Ps 97: 1,2,5,6,11,12 Jn 20:1-8

Dec. 28  The Holy Innocents IJn 1:5–2:2  Ps 124:2-8  Mt 2:13-18

Dec. 29  IJn 2:3-11  Ps 96 1-3,5-6  Lk 2:22-35

Dec. 30  IJn 2:12-17  Ps 96:7-10  Lk 2:36-40

Dec. 31  IJn 2:18-21  Ps 96: 1,2,11,12,13  Jn 1:1-18

Jan. 1 Mary, Mother of God Nm 6:22-27 Ps 67:2-8 Gal 4:4-7 Lk 2:16-21

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