The season of Advent is past; the period of anticipation is complete. The solemnity of the Lord’s birth celebrates the mystery of the incarnation by which the Word of God humbled himself to share our humanity, in order that he might enable us to become sharers in his divinity.
The second Mass of Christmas Day is the Mass at Dawn, traditionally called the Shepherds’ Mass because the gospel text recounts the visit of the shepherds. Just as the shepherds went eagerly to the crib to adore the Lord and to receive his great gift of light, so we also go to the altar where the same Lord comes just as truly to us. The theme of light is prominent in this Mass. Outside, the natural light is increasing. In Bethlehem, the Light is manifested to a few more men. Over and over in the Mass texts, light is mentioned: The Introit begins, “A Light shall shine upon us this day; for the Lord is born to us.” Continue reading “Dec 25, 2021: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Mass at Dawn | ABC)”