When I grew up in Mitchell, my family used to always go to Midnight Mass (which was actually at Midnight) at Holy Family.  We would show up early to make sure we were able to sit in our normal pew and listen to the beautiful adult choir sing Christmas carols.  The adult choir only sang one time a year, at Midnight Mass.  The Church was kept quite dark with no Christmas lights on.  At Midnight the lector would go to the ambo and proclaim the below Roman Martyrology followed by Silent Night sung by       the choir and concluding with Christmas lights being lit on the multiple Christmas trees that adorned the sanctuary.

Each year, we celebrate Christ coming into our world on Christmas,  as our Savior.  It is a time to look to the future but also look back to Christmas pasts – as a young child, teenager, newly married, after you welcomed your first children and grandchildren.  Christmas is a time to remember what God did by sending us His Son, but also the memories that we hold onto and cherish from our lives.  Make more memories this Christmas Day that can be celebrated in future years – spending time with your families and welcoming our Savior into your homes.  Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

The Twenty-Fifth Day of December,
when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world,
when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness;
when century upon century had passed
since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood,
as a sign of covenant and peace;
in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith,
came out of Ur of the Chaldees;
in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses
in the Exodus from Egypt;
around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;
in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
in the year seven hundred and fifty-two
since the foundation of the City of Rome;
in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
the whole world being at peace,

 JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

God Bless You…Fr. Young