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Christmas Day

December 25, 2011


The Christmas Proclamation:

The twenty-fifth day of December.

In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world
from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;

the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;

the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;

the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king;

in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;

the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;

the whole world being at peace,

in the sixth age of the world,

Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,

was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

O God, who have made this most sacred night
radiant with the splendor of the true light,
grant, we pray, that we, who have known the mysteries of His light on earth,
may also delight in His gladness in Heaven.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Opening Prayer from Mass)

Readings (Mass at Midnight):
Isaiah 9:1-6 (the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light)
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13 “Today is born our Savior, Christ, the Lord”
Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace trains us to reject sin while we anticipate Jesus’ Second Coming)
+ Luke 2:1-14 (the nativity and announcement to the shepherds)

He’s HERE!

A blaze of glory shatters the night.
The heavenly host (angelic army!)
glorifies the newborn King,
announcing peace to those in whom He delights–
those whose will is good.

Judgment and justice undergird His throne.
Even by His lowly birth,
Jesus begins the process of training us
to reject godless ways and worldly desires,
to live temperately, justly and devoutly,
delivered from lawlessness, purified,
eager to do what is good (see Titus 2:11-14).

He draws us to greatness,
to the heights of the nobility for which He created us–
heroism that does not stoop to self-serving,
that sets its sights on things above (see Colossians 3:2),
loving justice and right judgment for their sheer goodness.

His Kingdom, full of such holy citizens,
is vast
and forever peaceful.

Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law
-Romans 13:10

Those whose will is good not only have no desire to do evil,
they’re eager to do good!

What if everyone were like that?
Humble, joyful, totally self-giving,
eager to do what is good…

That’s Heaven.

It starts here…today…with you.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!
-Isaiah 9:6


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