This Mass may not be used on the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, on 1 January.
Perhaps other cultures can find a New Year’s Day that doesn’t fall on a prime liturgical observance. After a busy Christmas season, it may not be likely that parishes, pastors, and liturgy people are ready for a big celebration of the commencement of a “civil year.” We largely leave it to the secular world and its liturgies–see the dropping Times Square ball, and New Year’s Day football.
For readings, the Lectionary gives a few choices. From the Torah, the sun and moon created on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-18) or the blessing of Aaron (Numbers 6:22-27). From New Testament letters, Paul’s warning about time growing short (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) or James’ warning about making plans (4:13-15). The Gospel choices are also two, Jesus urging us to seek first God’s Reign (Matthew 6:31-34) or Jesus reminding us to be alert (Luke 12:35-40). Good choices all.
And for Lectionary Psalms we have the 8th, a hymn of praise from creation. We could choose the 49th, with selected verses that caution against wealth and arrogance. A third option includes some choice verses from the 90th. We blogged here last year on the psalm’s entirety.
From the Antiphonary, two possibilities for Entrance:
Entrance Antiphon Cf. Psalm 65:12
You crown the year with your bounty, and abundance flows in your pathways.
Or: Matthew 28:20
Behold, I am with you always, says the Lord, even to the end of the age.
I’ve long loved the 65th Psalm, and I think it’s a good choice for the beginning of a Mass celebrating a new year. I would use it even if the antiphon choice was the Lord’s promise after the Great Commission.
Communion Antiphon Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.
A New Testament Canticle, for sure. This web page contains a number of texts from Christian Scriptures that go beyond the choices found in the Liturgy of the Hours. I like this set of verses (22-24a, 28, 29) from the preceding chapter of Hebrews:
1 We have come before God’s holy mountain, •
to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.
2 We have come before countless angels making festival, •
before the assembly of the firstborn citizens of heaven.
3 We have come before God, who is judge of all, •
before the spirits of the just made perfect.
4 We have come before Jesus, •
the mediator of the new covenant.
5 We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken: •
so let us give thanks and offer to God acceptable worship,
6 Full of reverence and awe; •
for our God is a consuming fire.
Some years ago, we blogged on Masses And Prayers For Various Needs And Occasions. In the GIRM, sections 368-378 cover the universal regulations on their use. You can check our brief comments here and here and here. The USCCB’s unannotated text on the matter is here.