The Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The people that walked in darkness have seen [this day] a Great Light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, Light is risen (Isaias 9.2). Send forth, O Lord, Your Light, that our hearts like Yours burn bright! The Orient from on high hath visited us (St. Luke 1.78) this most blessed day: I am come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled (St. Luke 12.49) so that our hearts, purified of everything that is not God, may, in union with the pure Heart of the Divine Infant daily offered to God for a most clean oblation on our traditional High Christian altars (Hebrews 13.10), delight and console Him Who desires of us: My son, give Me thy heart… (Proverbs 23.26).
Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis!
(St. Luke 2.12)