Christmas Day

The word Christmas is derived from the Old English Christes Maesse, or "Mass of Christ."  We do not know the precise date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.  The Western church celebrates December 25th, the time of the winter solstice which early Christians embraced; it is then that days begin to lengthen and light pushes away darkness.  The Eastern church commemorates January 6th, also known as Epiphany.  But we do know the place of His birth--Bethlehem--and the circumstances:  "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."

 "Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace." --- Pope Francis 

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Bring the miracle of the birth of Jesus home in a unique way that may become a family tradition:
The youngest--or the oldest--child of God present will be honored to blow out the candles. 
Have each guest bring a gift for the poor and hungry among us. 
Download Our Lord's Birth Announcement ("It's A Boy!) and suggestions for a special cake on our DOWNLOADS PAGE.