This is our third lesson in a series of lessons that will examine the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with specific lessons focused on each of the mysteries of the Rosary. In this lesson we study our Lord's birth, the perpetual Virginity of Mary, the Feast of the Epiphany, Catholic customs for Christmastide, and the moral implications of the Holy Innocents. Learn the story of the Nativity through a truly Catholic lens.
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by François Boucher, 18th Century
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made: he commanded, and they were created. He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages: he hath made a decree, and it shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps: Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds which fulfill his word: Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars: Beasts and all cattle: serpents and feathered fowls: Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of the earth: Young men and maidens: let the old with the younger, praise the name of the Lord: For his name alone is exalted. The praise of him is above heaven and earth: and he hath exalted the horn of his people. A hymn to all his saints: to the children of Israel, a people approaching to him. Alleluia. (Psalm 148, Laudate Dominum de caelis)
Christmas (The Nativity of the Lord)
Each year on December 25th, we remember the birth of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ our Lord. And for 12 days, we celebrate the joy of Christmas, which ends with the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi to the Infant King. Between these two dates, we commemorate on January 1st the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord (also called the Solemnity of the Mother of God), a holy day of obligation. If you have ever wondered why so many baroque depictions of the Nativity have our Blessed Lord on the ground before the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, it is because those images were based on the very popular Revelations of St. Bridget. Christ, according to the vision granted to St. Bridget, appeared on the ground before the Blessed Virgin Mary at moment of His birth, and was surrounded by a radiance that rivaled that of the Sun. This reflects a theological truth that we as Catholics must believe — the Blessed Virgin Mary did not lose her virginity before, during, or after the Birth of the Son of God.
In the Traditional Liturgy of the Church, three Masses are celebrated on Christmas:
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