The first or second reading from Year A may be used in place of the readings provided here. To some extent, the stories of Jesus' birth and infancy are patterned on the stories of the prophet Samuel and his mother, Hannah. Mary's canticle, for example (Luke 1:46 -55) is based on the canticle of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10). It is fitting, therefore, that the story of Samuel's presentation to Eli at the Shiloh sanctuary should be the first reading on the day when we also read of Jesus' self-revelation at the Jerusalem Temple. The message of the day, in a sense, is captured in the second reading: We know that we are already God's children. Can you imagine what there is yet to be revealed?

Psalm of the Day: Ps (83) 84. This song celebrates Zion as the place where God's dwelling is found. It is also a pilgrimage song for those going to Jerusalem.

Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Batastini)   W4 63, 1019/LPGG 30
Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Black) CBW 35
Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Guimont)   GC2 950/G3 1009/LPMG 25
Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Kasbohm) PMB 572
Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Schiavone)   LP 26
Blessed Are They Who Dwell (Wise) LMGM2 32,809
Happy Are They Who Dwell   PSL C-18/SS 283
Happy Are They Who Dwell (Porter) RS 111/GC 77           

Psalm of the Day (Years A,B,C): Ps (127) 128. This wisdom song celebrates the blessings of family life for those who live faithful to God’s commands. It is sung from the husband’s perspective.

Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Guimont)   GC2 996/G3 1007/LPMG 23
Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Hunstiger)   SS 605
Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Rendek/Burns)  PMB 570
Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord (Schiavone)   LP 24
Blest Are Those Who Love You (Haugen)  GC 125/GC2 70/G3 86/CBW 628/RS 173/W4 101/WC 471
Happy Are Those (Somerville)  CBW 33
O Blessed Are Those WC 471/W4 1017/RS 172/CBW 431/LMGM2 807/LPGG 28
O Blessed Are Those (Inwood)  JS2 104/JS3 105/GP 273
We Praise You (Balhoff/Ducote/Daigle), vss 6-7   GP 677/GC 541/MI-BB 558/RS 694/JS2 626

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (97) 98

All the Ends of the Earth (see suggestions for Christmas Mass during the Day)

Songs for the Liturgy

Bread of Life – Advent/Christmas setting (1, G) BB 77/JS2 819/JS3 788
Child of Gladness (G) CBW 326
Child of the Poor (G) GP 336/BB 111/JS2 366/JS3 331
Christ, You Are the Fullness (2A) CBW 431
Come, Sing a Home and Family (G)   PMB 220/W4 439/WS 823/WC 997
Faith, Hope and Love (2A) GC 624/GC2 609/G3 702
For the Beauty of the Earth (2) GC 572/GC2 548/G3 633/W3 557/W4 632/LMGM2 480/GP 704/CBW 531/WC 986/JS2 642/JS3 609/MI-BB 595/RS 697/PMB 517/WS 816/SS 909
God Is Love (2) CBW 473/MI-BB 463/GC 629/GC2 608/G3 699/JS2 749/JS3 723/RS 744/GP 647/SS 886
God Made from One Blood (1A) RS 824/W4 749
God of Adam, God of Joseph (G) RS 960/GC 893/GC2 870/G3 982/JS2 361/JS3 326
God of Eve and God of Mary (1C,G)  RS 959/GC 892/GC2 871/G3 983/JS2 360/JS3 325
God of Love (2)   GP 647/WC 732/WS 621/SS 1103
*How Happy You Who Fear the Lord (PsA) WC 721/PMB 336
Joy to the World (G)  W3 399/W4 424/CBW 328/BB 80/LMGM 19/LMGM2 249/GP 318/RS 524/GC 343/GC2 353/G3 437/WC 522/JS2 336/JS3 303/PMB 207/WS 464/SS 773
Love One Another (2) GC 630/RS 745/W4 693/MI-BB 487/GP 645/JS2 752/JS3 718
Love Which Never Ends    GP 465/JS2 573
Of the Father's Love Begotten (G)  W3 398/W4 415/LMGM2 266/CBW 330/BB 86/RS 510/GC 351/GC2 374/G3 427/WC 516/JS2 349/JS3 317/PMB 211/WS 470/SS 758
Once in Royal David's City (G)  W3 402/W4 440/LMGM2 270/GC 372/GC2 380/G3 455/WC 520/RS 526/JS2 362/JS3 327/PMB 205/WS 467/BB 104/SS 775
Our Father, by Whose Name (1,2,G)  W3 570/RS 961
*Our God Dwells in His Holy Place (E)   IH 9
Our Savior’s Infant Cries Were Heard (G)   W4 442
Sing of Mary (G)  W3 404/W4 444/GP 432/MI-BB 711/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/WC 1009/GC 783/GC2 778/G3 457/JS2 490/JS3 472/RS 528/PMB 538/WS 838/SS 1031
The Aye Carol    RS 525/GC 371/GC2 381/G3 456
The First One to Know (G)   W4 441
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky (G)  W3 405/W4 447/CBW 464/JS2 514/JS3 493/SS 1027
The Greatest Gift (2)  WC 718/PMB 334/WS 619
The Snow Lay on the Ground (G)  JS2 354/JS3 319/BB 99/WC 540/PMB 221/WS 451/SS 765
Ubi Caritas (2)  W3 604/W4 694,702/LMGM2 295/GC 408/GC2 430,568,631/G3 500,696,705/CBW 67,376/WC 849,852/MI-BB 341,481,482,485/RS 746/JS2 753,754,805/JS3 374,710,776/GP 364/PMB 428,430/WS 713,722/SS 813,938
Virgin Born, We Bow before You (G)  W3 403/W4 445/RS 527
What Child Is This (G)  W3 411/W4 454/LMGM 29/LMGM2 277/GP 337/BB 110/CBW 338/GC 380/GC2 387/G3 466/WC 551/JS2 365/JS3 330/RS 530/PMB 216/WS 460/SS 780
When Love Is Found (2)  W3 745/W4 982/WC 719/CBW 629/RS 942/GC 865/GC2 856/G3 966/JS2 568/JS3 537/PMB 337/WS 617/MI-BB 679/SS 1098
Where Charity and Love Prevail (2)  GC 625/GC2 610/G3 706/W4 700/MI-BB 485/WC 850,858/JS2756/JS3 720/RS 747/GP 644/PMB 424,429/WS 721,719/SS 812,937
Where There Is Love (2)  MI-BB 681/CBW 631/JS2 569/JS3 536/GP 464
*Within the Father’s House (G)   W4 443/HG 42