C: Christ child, the greatest gift of all
H: Holy day, remembering that love gives
R: Rejoice! Emmanuel will come to you
I: In excelsis Deo, God incomprehensibly humbled Himself and became a baby
S: Sounds of bells and singing, scents of pine and peppermint the season’s reminders
T: Tidings of comfort and joy – “ I bring you good news that will cause great joy”*
M: Miraculous conception and birth, Jesus fully God and fully man, our high priest**
A: Adoration – all we have to give Him – Come, let us adore Him!
S: Star- we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him***
Merry Christmas everyone!
Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Matthew 4:16: the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned
*Luke 2:8-11 There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
**Hebrews 3:1, 4:14-16 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest…Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
***Matthew 2:1,2, 10: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”…When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 1 Peter 1:19: We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.