December 2, 2020


Adoration of Shepherds, Bronzino

Nativity of Our Lord — Christmas Eve
December 24, 2011

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96 (11)
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

• • •

See amid the winter’s snow,
born for us on earth below,
see, the gentle Lamb appears,
promised from eternal years.

Lo, within a manger lies
he who built the starry skies;
he who, throned in height sublime,
sits amid the cherubim.

Sacred Infant, all divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this!

Hail thou ever blessèd morn,
hail redemption’s happy dawn,
sing through all Jerusalem:
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Edward Caswall, 1851


  1. If anyone is interested, Midnight Mass (actually 10 p.m. Roman time) from St. Peter’s is started right this minute – fairly decent link here:

    Going back to watch now! Merry Christmas!

  2. Have a warm and blessed Christmas CM!