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The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus

Solemnity - 25th December - Christmas
3rd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Our Holy Father celebrates Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica each Christmas, giving a blessing to the world (Urbi et Orbi) at midday from the central loggia. Benedict XVI gave his encyclical God is Love on Christmas Day 2005. Totus2us podcast - The Real Christmas.

Pope Francis's words at Christmas in: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013
Papa Benedict XVI's words at Christmas in: 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 & 2005.
St John Paul II's words at Christmas in: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979 & 1978.

He was made man - Catechesis with Benedict XVI      

"The Logos, who is with God, the Logos who is God, the Creator of the world, for whom all things were created, who has accompanied and accompanies men in their history with his light, became one among others, took up his dwelling amongst us, becoming one of us. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council affirms: “The Son of God... worked with the hands of a man, he thought with the intelligence of a man, he acted with the will of a man, he loved with heart of a man. Born of the Virgin Mary, he truly became one of us, like us in all things except sin” (Gaudium et Spes, 22). It is thus important to rediscover amazement in front of this mystery, to let ourselves be enveloped by the greatness of this event: God, the true God, Creator of everything, as man has traveled our roads, entering into the time of man, so as to transmit to us his own life. And He did it not with the splendour of a sovereign, who subjugates the world with his power, but with the humility of a child." (9.01.13)

Papa's Words:
Francis's homily at Christmas Midnight Mass 2013      
Benedict XVI's homily at Midnight Mass, Year of Faith 2012     
St John Paul II's homily at Midnight Mass, Great Jubilee 2000      

3 2us with Fr David Barnes      

"Christmas tells me so much about myself, about being a human being... it tells me that I am infinitely loveable to God."

Evangelium with Fr Marcus Holden            

"In this little child, God gives us the greatest gift in the world: the gift of Himself.

"We're made for the lights of eternity, we're made for God."

Evangelium with Fr Andrew Pinsent  

"They've come to gaze on the face of God, God-made-Man for our salvation."

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St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) in Das Weihnachtsgeheimnis (The Mystery of Christmas):

The Child in the manger extends its little hands and its smile seems to be saying what would come forth later from the lips of the man: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened” (Mt 11,28)... “Follow me!” say the little hands, words which later would come from the lips of the Man. Thus they spoke to the disciple whom the Lord loved and who is now also part of the group at the manger. St John, the young man with the pure, youthful heart followed without asking, where to? why? He left his father's boat (Mt 4,22) and went with the Lord along all his ways, even to Golgotha (Jn 19,26).

“Follow me!” - young Stephen understood this also. He followed the Lord in the struggle against the powers of darkness, the blindness of obstinate unbelief; he bore witness to him with his word and his blood; he followed him in his Spirit, the Spirit of love, which resists sin but loves the sinner, and even in death intercedes with God on behalf of the murderer.

These are the figures of light who kneel around the manger: the gentle, Innocent children, the faithful shepherds, the humble kings, Stephen, the enthusiastic youth and beloved apostle, John - all who followed the call of the Lord. In contrast to them, there is the night of incomprehensible callousness and blindness: the scribes who have information as to the time and place where the Saviour of the world was to be born (Mt 2,5), but who nonetheless did not go to Bethlehem, and King Herod who wants to kill the Lord of life. In the presence of the Child in the manger, minds are divided. He is the King of kings and Lord of life and death. He utters his “Follow me” and whoever is not for him is against him (Mt 12,30). He also speaks for us and invites us to choose between light and darkness.