Adoration of the Shepherds, Caravaggio, 1609
Museo Regionale, Messina, Italy [Web Gallery of Art]
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord has four different Mass formularies, each with its own prayer and readings. Any of the four fulfills our obligation to attend Mass. These are:
Vigil Mass, celebrated 'either before or after First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of the Nativity'; that means starting between 5pm and 7pm.
Mass During the Night, known before as 'Midnight Mass'. In many parts of the world it does begin at midnight but here in the Philippines since the 1980s it begins earlier, usually at 8:30pm or 9pm.
Mass at Dawn.
Mass During the Day.
When you click on 'Readings' below from the New American Bible you will find links to the readings for each of the four Masses. The readings from the Jerusalem Bible for the four Masses are all on one page.
Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Natum videte Regem angelorum:
Come and behold him born the King of Angels:
Venite adoremus, venite adoremus, venite adoremus Dominum.
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
What Christmas is All About
From A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.(Luke 2:8-14, KJV).
Adoration of the Shepherds, Murillo, 1646-50
The Hermitage, St Petersburg [Web Gallery of Art]
Oíche Chiúin / Silent Night / Stille Nacht
Christmas Concerto, Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra