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This is the sung proclamation at 12 oclock midnight on 24th December, at the start of Midnight Mass. I look forward to this every year!

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/christmas/christmas-proclamation.cfm

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world,

when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness;

when century upon century had passed
since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood,
as a sign of covenant and peace;

in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith,
came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses
in the Exodus from Egypt;

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;

in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two
since the foundation of the City of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

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Here is my favorite Christmas Novena, started on the feast day of St Andrew on 30 November upto 25 December Christmas Day. It is to be recited 15 times a day, which can be said throughout the day.

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight,
in Bethlehem,
in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires
(mention your intentions here),
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

A bit about St Andrew –

Brother to Simon Peter, Saint Andrew was a fisherman who heroically died — martyred on a saltire, or x-shaped cross, where he is said to have preached from for two days. For this reason, the x-shaped cross is often called the Saint Andrew cross and is featured on the flag of Scotland of which he is the patron saint.

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Isn’t the above video just beautiful – angelic voices! See the faces of little children – so pure and innocent. Jesus says ‘Unless you become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘let the little children come unto me’.

Christmas is just 2 days away! And its come so fast this  year.  Perhaps because I haven’t been able to think about anything else these past few months, except to cope with the millions of things to deal with in my life.  How to keep focused on Jesus in the midst of trial and suffering is a hard thing to do, but with persistence and holding on to your faith with daily – sometimes hourly prayer, calling on His Holy Name, He is there at your side giving you His comfort. I know there are people throughout the world – families going through life struggles, without jobs, homes, food, sickness, broken homes, despair, wars, disasters. But we have Hope in Christ – never forget that.

I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and may Jesus the Light of the World and our Eternal Salvation be born in your heart and give you His Grace and His Peace! Jesus is our Hope – walk with Him!

Love & God’s Blessings

Mary

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Here is a great website to learn everything you need to know about your faith, especially at this season of Advent …

http://www.ewtn.com/

May the Christ Child Jesus enter your soul  this Christmas and fill it with peace and joy.

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Merry Christmas


On the eve of the Feast of the Birthof Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas. May your Christmas be filled with many Blessings of the Christ Child.

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