Saturday 23 december

by | Dec 22, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT  John of Kęty

O Emmanuel !

He was born in Kety in the diocese of Kraków in 1390. He became a priest and for many years taught at the University of Kraków; later he became parish priest of Olkusz. He taught and researched in both physics and theology and excelled in holiness and in charity towards his neighbour, in which he was an example to his colleagues and pupils. He died in 1473.

Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 9: 5

A child shall be born for us, and he will be called God, the Almighty; every tribe of the earth shall be blest in him.


Almighty ever-living God, as we see how the Nativity of your Son according to the flesh draws near, we pray that to us, your unworthy servants, mercy may flow from your Word, who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary and establish among us his dwelling, Jesus Christ our Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: Malachi 3:1-4,23-24

The Lord God says this: “Look, I am going to send my messenger to prepare a way before me. And the Lord you are seeking will suddenly enter his Temple; and the angel of the covenant whom you are longing for, yes, he is coming, says the Lord of Hosts. Who will be able to resist the day of his coming? Who will remain standing when he appears? For he is like the refiner’s fire and the fullers’ alkali. He will take his seat as refiner and purifier; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and then they will make the offering to the Lord as it should be made. The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will then be welcomed by the Lord as in former days, as in the years of old. Know that I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before my day comes, that great and terrible day. He shall turn the hearts of fathers towards their children and the hearts of children towards their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a curse.”

Psalm 24(25): 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

R/ Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.

Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me: for you are God my saviour.

The Lord is good and upright. He shows the path to those who stray, He guides the humble in the right path, He teaches his way to the poor.

His ways are faithfulness and love for those who keep his covenant and law. The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him; to them he reveals his covenant.

Gospel Acclamation           

Alleluia, alleluia! King of the peoples and cornerstone of the Church, come and save man, whom you made from the dust of the earth. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 1: 57-66         

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy. Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. “No,” she said, “he is to be called John.” They said to her, “But no one in your family has that name”, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts. “What will this child turn out to be?” they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

Prayer over the Offerings    

May this oblation, by which divine worship in its fullness has been inaugurated for us, be our perfect reconciliation with you, O Lord, that we may celebrate with minds made pure the Nativity of our Redeemer. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Communion Antiphon: Rv 3: 20         

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.

Prayer after Communion     

Grant your peace, O Lord, to those you have nourished with these heavenly gifts, that we may be ready, with lighted lamps, to meet your dearly beloved Son at his coming. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


The Gospel reading of today recalls a ceremony well known in our cultures and in the Church: the child-naming ceremony. A name is a life program, it is a way of being and of relate to others. Many wanted to name the newborn after his father, Zachariah, but they were astonished when Zachariah who had been dumb wrote on a tablet: “his name is John”. The meaning of this name is stated in a meditation from Saint Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church. It means “the Grace of God (…and) this name announces the economy of the Gospel…” John the Baptist, by his prophetic name will become him of whom today’s first reading speaks: “Look I am going to send my messenger to prepare a way before me”.  The Christian names we receive at baptism introduce us to a new way of being. May the Holy Spirit help us to live out our Christian identity today.