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Our Lord and His Holy Apostles at the Last Supper

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But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption.

Hebrews 9:11-12

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Day

When the angels went away from them to heaven,
the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us go, then, to Bethlehem
to see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

Luke 2:15-20

O Jesu mi dulcissime,
adoro te in stabulo commorantem
O my sweetest Jesus,
I worship you resting in the stable.

O puer dilectissime,
adoro te in praesepio jacentem.

O most beloved child,
I worship you lying in the manger.

O Christe, rex piissime,
adore te in faeno cubantem
in caelo regnantem.

O Christ, most kindly King,
I worship you sleeping in the hay
and reigning in heaven.

O mira Dei pietas,
O singularis caritas,
Christus datus est,
Jesus natus est,
datus est a Patre,
natus est de virgine matre.

O marvelous kindness of God,
O matchless love.
Christ is given,
Jesus is born,
given by the Father,
born of the virgin mother.

O divina ergo proles,
te colimus hic homines
ut veneremur caelites.

O divine Offspring,
we men worship you here
that we may revere you in heaven.

- Giovanni Gabrieli (1556-1612)

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