Monday, December 24, 2007

The Proper of the Day: Christmas Eve

Tonight, after an Advent season of prayer and preparation, we begin Christmastide with the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. We celebrate that, on this night, earth and heaven were joined together, and the great gulf between them has been bridged forever in Jesus. On this night "God was pleased as man with man to dwell" and to to become one of us, a human being with DNA and nerves and blood and poop and all the rest. This evening I simply invite you to join the angels in their great exultation at this marvelous, mysterious event when, as we recite in the Nicene Creed, "he came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary":

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


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