Happy Feast of the Octave-Day of the Nativity!

Christmas Matins at our seminary in Wigratzbad, Germany

Happy feast of the Octave-Day of the Nativity! On this day we commemorate the circumcision of Our Lord, when He was given the Holy Name of Jesus eight days after His birth. The feast of the Holy Name occurs tomorrow; though normally celebrated on the Sunday after the Octave-Day, it is transferred to the 2nd of January when that Sunday falls on January 1st, 6th or 7th. This year it falls on the 6th and we will celebrate the Epiphany that day.

The crèche in Wigratzbad

Don’t forget that, like Christmas, today is a Holy Day of Obligation. We wish you a joyful feast day and a most blessed new year of 2019!

Puer natus est nobis, et fílius datus est nobis: cujus impérium super húmerum ejus: et vocábitur nomen ejus magni consílii ángelus.

A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us, Whose government is upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called the Angel of great counsel.

– from the Introit for today (Isaiah 9:6)

The cover photo shows 2018 Christmas Matins at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.

January 1, 2019