December 24, 2023, Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Eve, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve.

Through the shorter Advent season this year, we have prepared for Jesus’ first and second coming.

John the Baptist and the Immaculate Mother appeared throughout the season announcing and foretelling the coming of the King of Glory.

We hear today in the Gospel that Christ, the Son of God and the Second Person of the Trinity, is conceived after the Fiat of Mary.

The Blessed Mother is the new Ark of the Covenant between God and mankind.

God humbles and humiliates Himself by adopting human nature to form an alliance with us — poor sinful souls. He comes to save us from the slavery of sin and the power of darkness.

Emmanuel, God with us, descends to us to open the gate of eternal paradise — closed since our first parents fell into sin.

Today, on Christmas Eve, Psalm 24 is the theme of the vigil:

Lift up your gates, O princes,
Open wide, eternal gates,
That the King of Glory may enter in. . . .

With great joy at home, we ponder these great mysteries of the Holy Night, with the giving of gifts, Christmas carols, and special prayers contemplating with amazement the birth of the Savior.

At midnight we attend Mass, rejoicing because the Light of the World has come today.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel A. |, New York