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Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (from the Latin “in carne”, or “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this belief, God is not only Transcendant, but also wholly Immanent, Emmanuel, “God-with-us”.

During this season, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him, including the fact that he was born to die for us.

The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve, and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 9, 2022). 

A Christmas Message from Bishop Mark

“Thanks be to God for the Mother of God, the one who is called Immaculate Conception. How many Hail Mary’s
have gone her way this past year? And thanks be to God for Saint Joseph who slept well, and lived life
so well because he shared all of his questions, challenges, and burdens with the Lord in prayer.
And that’s the same Lord that Joseph watched over in the stable in Bethlehem.”

Proclaim! TV Christmas Special - "Joy To The World"

Christmas Resources

Christmas Manger/Nativity

In its present form, the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to Saint Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223.

Christmas Tree

The origins of the Christmas tree are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world.

Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also at His Baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana.

The traditional date of Epiphany is January 6, but is celebrated in the United States on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.

"Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem"

Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem, As you were born into a family who fled to Egypt as refugees, help us grow
in solidarity with refugees everywhere, to know we are all refugees, until our hearts find refuge in you.

As you were born under an oppressive regime, let us grow in solidarity with those whose governments
deny them their rights and try to undermine their dignity. Help us work for just governance everywhere.

As it was workers, the shepherds, who first came to know you, the carpenter’s son, let us remember the dignity
of human labor – that you share a special love for those who work hard for their sustenance, and toil beside them.

Let us honor you, in work and in prayer, that livelihoods may be secure, and that workers not be exploited.

As you were adored by the Magi who came from far-off national to honor
you, let us bring to all nations the great good news that is your love.

As your coming was joyfully sung by angels, let us with joy celebrate the gift
of life every time a child of God is conceived, and honor that gift with our care.

As you were denied any birthplace but a stable, help us to open our homes,
our lives, our hearts to the coming of God and his presence in your people.

Be born this time into our hearts, dear Lord. Gracious Lord, Child of
Bethlehem, through the cradle of our hearts, be born into our world.

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