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Christ Our Savior is Born!

"He comes to free us all. Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the gentile take courage in that he is called to life." Pope St. Leo the Great, Christmas Homily

Telling the Christmas Story

For an uplifting musical introduction to the Feast, visit Silent Night.

Live Nativity and Nativity Scenes

On Christmas Eve's past, a dedicated cadre of parishioners has helped to set up and stage our live nativity display. Actual farm animals, and even a camel and sometimes two, have graced our display. Volunteers served as the holy family, shepherds, wise men, and the angel. As we begin Advent, an invitation goes out for help on this Holy Night celebration.

According to his contemporary biographer, Brother Thomas of Celano, St. Francis is credited with arranging the first Live Nativity so as to "set before our bodily eyes in some way the inconveniences of Jesus' infant needs, how he lay in manger, how, with an ox and an ass standing by, he lay upon the hay where he had been placed." From this custom arose the practice, now diffused throughout the Christian world, of erecting crèche scenes, small or great, depicting the birth of the Lord at Bethlehem.

The Faithful receive a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions, for participating in Christmas Eve Mass with Bishop Jenky.

Blessing of the Crib

Christmas nativity scenes in the home can be an occasion of prayer and contemplation of the Christmas event. On Christmas Eve or Morning, perhaps before gifts are opened, the family can take a moment to focus on the baby Jesus. To this end, the Family Blessing of the Crib is one such resource.

Family Christmas Masses

At the first two Masses of Christmas Eve, Epiphany Parish has the custom of involving our younger children by means of the "Instant Christmas" celebration. Using simple costumes, and songs and readings, the children are given a special introduction to the Feast. Preparation for our Instant Christmas begins in early Advent.

Reverence the Child Jesus

It is entirely appropriate for parishioners of all ages to reverence the image of the child Jesus in the parish indoor nativity. Much as at the Good Friday veneration of the Cross, we honor God among us as a baby. he is our Savior from the moment of his Incarnation. We understand well that our veneration is to the One the image represents. see no. 106 and following of the Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy.

Octave of Christmas

An octave is an eight-day long celebration which emphasizes the importance of the event celebrated. To help push back against the materialism that often accompanies Christmas, a family does well to consider a prayerful journey through the eight days of Christmas. Here is an example of an Octave Celebration.

Blessing of Homes on Epiphany

"The blessing of homes, on whose lentils are inscribed the Cross of salvation, together with the indication of the year and the initials of the three wise men (C+M+B), which can also be interpreted to mean Christus mansionem benedicat, written in blessed chalk; this custom, often accompanied by processions of children accompanied by their parents, expresses the blessing of Christ through the intercession of the three wise men and is an occasion for gathering offerings for charitable and missionary purposes." See Directory of Popular Piety no. 118

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

A Litany is a form of responsory prayer which involves a number of invocations or petitions grouped around one main subject or sacred theme. The month of January is dedicated to the name given to the Holy One of God, Jesus Christ. At all weekday Masses, the Litany of the Holy Name is recited from the "Manual of Indulgences" published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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