Saturday, December 24, 2005
Midnight Mass 2005 from the Vatican

Tonight was Pope Benedict XVI's first Christmas Mass as pope. It was a beautiful ceremony in the heart of Vatican City. And, in his homily, our Holy Father offered prayers for the Middle East and for the unborn. Read his homily through the Vatican's website.

He reminded those present that the splendor of Christmas "shines on every child, even on those still unborn." It was that moment the Word was made Flesh. Tonight we recall the awesome miracle of Christ being born in Bethlehem in the richest of poverty.

He ended his homily with a prayer to God: "Lord, fulfill your promise! Where there is conflict, give birth to peace. Where there is hatred, make love spring up! Where darkness prevails, let light shine." If you didn't know, the tradition of a midnight Mass goes back to Pope St. Telesphorus in the early 100's AD.

Image Sources: Reuters

2 comment(s):

del_button December 24, 2005 at 9:52 PM
Anonymous said...

~Merry Christmas and best wishes Moneybags!~

del_button December 25, 2005 at 6:15 AM
Matthew said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Thanks for all of your comments. I appreciate reading your comments on my blog.

Thanks again, and Merry Christmas.

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