Friday, December 24, 2010

Hodie Christus Natus Est

Dominus dixit ad me: Filius meus est tu, ego tu, hodie genui te.
Der Herr spricht zu Mir: "Mein Sohn bist du, heute habe Ich Dich gezeugt."
The Lord said unto Me: "Your are My Son, this day have I begotten Thee."

Two of theChristmas Masses are named, in German:
The first of the Christmas Masses - Missa in nocte - is Engelamt - Mass of the angels.
The Second Mass - Missa in aurura - is Hirtenamt - Mass of the Shepherds.

One of the curious customs of the Christmas octave is that the preface of the Nativity is used at all Masses celebrated during the octave. St. Stephen, St. John, the Holy Innocents, (St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Sylvester) all use the Nativity preface. The Lutheran Magdeburg Cathedral Book, the Roman Rite and the Anglican Missal all agree on this.

The Collect of the Nativity is also added to the Collect of the day being celebrated. In this way the Octave of the Nativity is commemorated in all other Masses.

Blessed are they who see Christmas through the eyes of a child.

May this be your gift at Christmas.

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