|The word "Christmas" refers simply to the Mass for the birth of Christ. There are three Masses on Christmas Day, each with a slightly different theme, the first often being a Vigil Mass beginning at midnight, the second being 'at dawn'.|
"All out of darkness we have light..."
Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord:
give glory to his holy name. Psalm 96
When the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say.
As for Mary she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back gloryifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.
Luke 2. 6-7
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