Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart.
- Luke 2:19
She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.
Invenietis Infantem pannis involutum, et positum in praesepio.
You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
S. Bambino di Aracoeli
The miraculous statue of the Holy Infant in the basilica of Santa Maria Aracoeli in Rome.
The image is particularly venerated during the Christmas season. Every year children of all ages address letters of petition to the Bambino.
O holy and immaculate virginity,
I know not, by what praises I may extol thee:
for thou hast born in thy womb,
whom the heavens could not contain.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
- Luke 2:7
Without pain thou givest birth, Virgin Mary (Star) of the Sea.
The Adoration of the Shepherds by P. de Grebber (1633) in museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The Birth of Christ by the Master of the Brunswijk Diptych, circa 1490.
The time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
- Luke 2:6-7
Have a blessed Christmas everyone!
Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
- Isaiah 7:14
This is the beautiful introitus of the Rorate Mass, which is a special Advent celebration in honour of the Virgin Mary.
Especially in German speaking countries it has been a long standing tradition to celebrate this votive Mass in the early hours of the morning during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Since Vaticanum II the Mass can also be celebrated in the evening.
Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum: aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem. Ps. Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei: et opera manuum eius annuntiat fimamentum. V. Gloria Patri.