25 December 2011

Words from the Christmas Day Mass

"O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant"... For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given... The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations... Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men... Almighty God, grant that the [new] birth of Your only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free from the [old] bondage of sin... The Lord is God; He has made His light to shine upon us!... A holy day has dawned upon us.  Come, all You nations and worship the Lord!... The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us... Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and WAS MADE MAN... "All this for us our God has done"... For in the mystery of the Word made Flesh You have given us a new revelation of Your glory that, seeing You in the person of Your Son, we may know and love those things that are not seen... "And therefore be merry, set sorrow aside, for Jesus our Savior was born at this tide!"... "He is born, the Child divine"... "Of the Father's love begotten"... O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You... And make His shine on you and give you peace... "Oh that we were there!  Oh that we were there!"

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