Start Date: 24 December 2018
End Date: 24 December 2018
Place: 365 Burrows Ave.
Christmas Eve at Church
The entire liturgy of Christmas Eve is consecrated to the anticipation of the certain and sure arrival of the Savior. Throughout Advent we have seen how the preparation for Jesus’ coming became more and more precise. Isaiah, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mother appeared throughout the season announcing and foretelling the coming of the King. We learn today that Christ according to His human nature is born at Bethlehem of the House of David of the Virgin Mary, and that according to His divine nature He is conceived of the Spirit of holiness, the Son of God and the Second Person of the Trinity.
Christmas Eve is a mystery, marvel and magic about that most wondrous night that, ever since I was a child, has always captivated me. There was mystery, marvel and magic that first Christmas Eve.
The first Christmas Eve was a night of meetings – a momentous meeting of two worlds. On that night a meeting of heaven and earth, between God and humanity, took place such as never before or since.
The first Christmas Eve was a night of meetings, when the vastness of heaven met the confined fields of earth, when the richness of heaven invaded the poverty of cave and manger, when the dazzling choirs of heaven filled the silence of night. It was the night that ushered in the day of glorifying and praising God – and each Christmas we have been glorifying and praising God ever since.
Christmas is a time of meeting – the meeting of family and friends, for instance, the meeting of child and adult, the meeting of friend and stranger, even the meeting of enemies. I hope and pray that, this Christmas, there will take place in our lives a momentous meeting of two worlds. May we, like the shepherds, find the scrubby little field of our lives invaded by the vastness of heaven. May it be for us, as it was for the shepherds, a life-transforming experience – an experience that propels us along the little road to Bethlehem, there to worship and adore at the manger-throne.