Sunday Within the Octave of Christmas, IInd Class
Today is the Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity.
The Collect from the Roman Breviary:
Almighty and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to govern us in all our doings in the way of thy good pleasure : that we, faithfully serving thee in the Name of thy well-beloved Son, may worthily abound in all good works. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.
The Proper Lessons may be found here.
The Propers of the Mass for the Day may be found here.
Prior to the Reforms of Blessed John XXIII, St Sylvester, Pope during the Reign of the Emperor Constantine (the illustration is of the Saint and the Emperor) would have had a Commemoration on this day:
V. The Lord guided the righteous in right paths.
R. And shewed him the kingdom of God.
Antiphon: Well done, good and faithful servant: * thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, saith the Lord.
Let us pray.
O eternal Shepherd, do thou look favourably upon thy flock, which we beseech thee to guard and keep for evermore, through the blessed Sylvester, thy Supreme Pontiff, whom thou didst choose to be the chief shepherd of the whole Church. Through.
The article on the Saint from the Catholic Encyclopædia.
From Tradition in Action.
From Catholic Online.
From Catholic Forum.