THE PROCLAMATION OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Today, the twenty–fifth day of December,
unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth
and then formed man and woman in His own image.
Several thousand years after the flood,
when God made the rainbow shine forth
as a sign of the covenant.
Twenty–one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah;
thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt.
Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges;
one thousand years from the anointing of David as 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,
Jesus Christ, 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.
Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 2:7 (Mass during the night)
The Lord said to me:
You are My Son.
It is I who have begotten You this day.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
for our Savior has been born in the world.
Today true peace has come down to us from Heaven.
Collect: (Mass during the night)
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.
Readings (Mass during the night):
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)
The darkness is not dark for You
and night shines as the day
There is no need
to keep night watch
THE LIGHT HAS COME!
…a blaze of glory
in the gloomy winter sky,
in His holy mother’s eyes,
a fire burning
in the hearts of lowly men.
the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us go over to Bethlehem,
to see this word that has come to pass,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
We look for mighty men with swords.
God sends a Child,
to conquer hearts.
Who could resist?
(I know, there are still
Herods in the land,
but don’t mind them
just make your way to Bethlehem!)