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Thursday, December 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 2:1-14.


The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas),

Mass at Midnight – Solemnity

24 December 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news

of great joy that will be for all the people.”

angel to sheperds pppas0026

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:1-14.

 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 24 December 2015, Christmas Eve 

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas),

Mass at Midnight – Solemnity

24 December 2015

Tonight: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), solemnity

CORREGGIO_Nativity_Holy_Night

Nativity of the Lord

 THE SON OF GOD BECAME MAN

  1.   WHY DID THE WORD BECOME FLESH?

With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.”

        The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who “loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins”: “the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world”, and “he was revealed to take away sins”:

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Saviour; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state? (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

   The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: “Listen to him!” Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.

The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature“: “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”

II THE INCARNATION

         Taking up St. John’s expression, “The Word became flesh”, The Church calls “Incarnation” the fact that the Son of God assumed a human nature in order to accomplish our salvation in it. In a hymn cited by St. Paul, the Church sings the mystery of the Incarnation:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. and being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. (Ph 2:5-8) 

The Letter to the Hebrews refers to the same mystery:

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.” (He 10:5-7)

         Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.” Such is the joyous conviction of the Church from her beginning whenever she sings “the mystery of our religion”: “He was manifested in the flesh.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, § 456-463 – Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas),

Mass at Midnight – Solemnity

24 December 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard (1091-1153),

St Bernard in "A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart (1900).

St Bernard in “A Short History of Monks and Monasteries” by Alfred Wesley Wishart (1900).

Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
5th sermon for Christmas Eve

“The glory of the Lord shone around them”

Before the true light rose, before the birth of Christ, night shrouded the whole world. Night reigned in each one of us, too, before our conversion and inner rebirth. Was it not deepest night, the most thick darkness over the earth when our ancestors used to worship false gods?… And was there not another kind of dark night within ourselves when we were living without God in this world, following our passions and earthly desires, doing those things that now make us blush as being so many deeds of darkness?…

But now you have come out of your sleep, you have been sanctified, have become children of light, children of the day, and no longer of darkness or of the night (1Thes 5,5)… “Tomorrow you will see the majesty of God in your midst.” Today, the Son has become for us the righteousness come from God; tomorrow he will be revealed as our life that we may appear with him in glory. Today a child has been born for us to keep us from vaunting ourselves in vainglory and so that, by our repentance, we may become like little children (Mt 18,3). Tomorrow he will show himself in all his greatness to stir us up to praise, so that we, too, may be glorified and praised when God bestows on each one of us his glory… “We shall be like him because we shall see him as he is” (1Jn 3,2). For today we do not actually see him as he is but as in a mirror (1Cor 13,12). Now he receives what belongs to us, but tomorrow we will see him within ourselves when he gives us what belongs to him, when he reveals himself as he is and take us up to raise us up to him.

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas),

Mass at Midnight – Solemnity

24 December 2015

Saints of the day

St. Delphinus, Bishop († 403)

SAINT DELPHINUS
Bishop
(† 403)

        Little is known of St. Delphinus before his elevation to the episcopate. He assisted at the Council of Saragossa, in 330, in which the Priscillianists were condemned, and also at the Council of Bordeaux, which condemned the same schismatics.

        He baptized St. Paulerius in 388, and the latter, in several letters, speaks of him as his father and his master. St. Delphinus died on the 24th of December, 403.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas),

Mass at Midnight – Solemnity

24 December 2015

Saints of the day

Sts. Thrasilla and Emiliana, Virgins (6th century)

SAINTS THRASILLA and EMILIANA
Virgins
(6th century)

        Sts. Thrasilla and Emiliana were aunts of St. Gregory the Great. They lived in their father’s house as retired as in a monastery, far removed from the conversation of men; and, exciting one another to virtue by discourse and example, soon made considerable progress in spiritual life.

        Thrasilla was favored one night with a vision of her uncle, St. Felix, Pope, who showed her a seat prepared for her in heaven, saying: “Come; I will receive you into this habitation of light.” She fell sick of a fever the next day. When in her agony, with her eyes fixed on heaven, she cried out to those that were present: “Depart! make room! Jesus is coming.” Soon after these words she breathed out her pious soul into the hands of God on the 24th of December.

  A few days after she appeared to her sister Emiliana, and invited her to celebrate with her the Epiphany in eternal bliss. Emiliana fell sick, and died on the 8th of January.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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