Octave Day of Nativity 2018
The Sacred Liturgy, like nature itself, anticipates great feasts, celebrates them and only gradually leaves them. So Christmas has its First Vespers, its three Masses and then a week to relish the reality of the Incarnation before renewing the mystery again on its octave day, today. We also have the recalling of Our Lord’s circumcision on this day when He first shed His Blood for our salvation and we profess our love and devotion to the Blessed Mother for her divine maternity and perpetual virginity. Today we are grateful for all this and we consign our past to God’s mercy and live in the present moment by God’s grace. We entrust the future to God’s Providence and use prayer, reflection and counsel to know His signified Will and His Will of good pleasure. We will achieve the tranquility of order in the coming days by knowing and following God’s plan for us.