Christmas is the time that the  Church celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, the Son of God.  It is called ‘The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord’ and we celebrate and acknowledge the birth of the Saviour of the World who alone can deliver from sin and death and receive freely new life.  We joyfully give thanks for the greatest of all Christmas Gifts, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The season is from Christmas Day, December 25 up to the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, January 8.   The liturgical Christmas season comes immediately after the four weeks of Advent and includes:

 

  1.  December 25     -      The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Christmas Day.

 

  1.  December 26     -      Feast of St. Stephen, first Martyr.

 

  1.   December 28    -     Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs.                                                                                                                                     Commemorating the slaughter of the young children by                                                                                                           Herod recorded in Matthew’s gospel.

 

  1.    December 31     -    Feast of the Holy Family.

 

  1.     January 1          -    The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

 

  1.   January 6           -    The Epiphany of the Lord.

                                             This feast celebrates the ways Christ made Himself known to humanity; e.g.

                                                    The visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

                                                    The Baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11

                                                    The Miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11).

 

      7.    January 8            -    Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.

 

 

 

 [from Catholic News Agency – 30/11/2017].

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