A child is born to us, a son is given to us.
Glory be to God in the highest and on earth.
Peace to men of good will. Alleluia.
The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Alleluia.
We sang this beautiful motet at Communion: Puer natus est nobis composed by Cristobal Morales at our first Christ-mas: The Nativity of the Lord - YouTube
It's the introit for the Mass during the day and the chant is so beautiful: Puer Natus Est Nobis - YouTube
We had just enough time to take some Christmas pictures before heading to Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart. It was amazing with a string quartet in the choir loft with us. I took this picture from the loft and by the time Mass began, the sanctuary was half full with young families--sleeping babies and wide-awake toddlers. I couldn't help but think of the Holy Innocents, whose feast we celebrate today. They are the first martyrs for Christ Jesus. They were killed because any one of them could've been the Christ and Herod was afraid that here was a King foretold. We sing in the Coventry Carol: Herod the king, in his raging/charged he hath this day/his men of might in his own sight/all young children to slay. Yet, Christ allows this, as He allows all manner of suffering. Indeed, His ways are inscrutable.
Christmas--the center of all human history. When God stooped down to become one of us, so that one day we might gain heaven! Thank you and bless you, dear sweet Jesus! And a Merry Christmas to all.