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INTROIT Ps. 47:10-11
Ps. 47:2. Great is the Lord, and worthy of all praise in the city of our God, upon His holy mountain.
V. Glory be . . .
Almighty and Eternal God, we humbly ask that we may be presented to You with purified souls just as Your only-begotten Son was presented this day in the temple after He had taken on the substance of our flesh. Through Our Lord . . .
V. As we had heard, so we have seen in the city of our God, upon His holy mountain.
Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace.
V. Because my eyes have seen thy salvation.
V. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples.
V. A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.
The candles are held lighted during the Gospel, and from the Sanctus to the Communion.
The Preface for Christmas is said.