Christ the Savior Is Born!

December 23, 2019

Christmas nativity

We joyfully celebrate Our Lord’s birth, His Nativity, on Christmas Day. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

“The shepherds made haste [cf. Luke 2:8-20]. Holy curiosity and holy joy impelled them. In our case, it is probably not very often that we make haste for the things of God. God does not feature among the things that require haste. The things of God can wait, we think and we say. And yet he is the most important thing, ultimately the one truly important thing. Why should we not also be moved by curiosity to see more closely and to know what God has said to us? At this hour, let us ask him to touch our hearts with the holy curiosity and the holy joy of the shepherds, and thus let us go over joyfully to Bethlehem, to the Lord who today once more comes to meet us” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Midnight Mass 2012).

“May the joy of Christmas and the peace which the Birth of the Savior brings into the world be in your hearts forever” (Pope St. John Paul II).

Our Nativity prayers for you include prayers by St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and Pope St. John XXIII. We encourage you to take advantage of these beautiful prayers by three holy saints of our Church!

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