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Dec 23, 2017

The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

“All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” —Isaiah 52:10

On behalf of everyone at Ascension, Jeff Cavins would like to wish all our viewers and readers a Merry Christmas. In this week’s special Encountering the Word video, Jeff opens up the readings for Christmas and encourages us to bring the gift of our Savior into our lives and the lives of all around us. The readings for the Christmas Masses are:

Vigil Mass

First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
Second Reading: Acts 13:16-17, 22-25
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25

Mass During the Night

First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Alleluia: Luke 2:10-11
Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Mass at Dawn

First Reading: Isaiah 62:11-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12
Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7
Alleluia: Luke 2:14
Gospel: Luke 2:15-20

Mass During the Day

First Reading:Isaiah 52:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6
Gospel: John 1:1-18, or John 1:1-5, 9-14

Meet Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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