Christmas Eve

23 Dec

When you think about it, doesn’t “Christmas Eve” sound like an apt title for the Blessed Virgin Mary? After all, as the Fathers of the Church taught, she is the “New Eve,” the mother of all who are alive in Christ (cf. Gen. 3:20; Rev. 12:17).

As Christmas day rapidly approaches, I thought our readers would appreciate a snippet of a sermon by St. Augustine, which is the reading for tomorrow’s Office of Readings (matins) in the Church’s liturgy:

“Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man. . . .

“Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.”

Come Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to Your people who trust in Your love. By Your coming, raise us to the joy of Your kingdom, where You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Responses to “Christmas Eve”

  1. kkollwitz December 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Hey, I teach from that picture in Catechism class! http://platytera.blogspot.com/2013/01/apple-balloon.html

    • kkollwitz December 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      “…doesn’t “Christmas Eve” sound like an apt title for the Blessed Virgin Mary?” It does…how did I never notice? I’m going to use this ides in class from now on.

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