Monday, December 20, 2010

Sententiae Patristicae: Christmas Dawn

The Fathers of the Church on the Readings of the Lectionary

First Reading Isaiah 62:11–12
Second Reading Titus 3:4–7
Gospel Luke 2:15–20

St. Augustine--in baptism, we recieve the certain hope of salvation:
‎It is true we have not yet risen as Christ has, but we are said to have risen with Him on account of the hope which we have in Him. So again he says: “According to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration.” (Tit 3:5) Evidently what we obtain in the washing of regeneration is not the salvation itself, but the hope of it. And yet, because this hope is certain, we are said to be saved, as if the salvation were already bestowed. (Augustine, Contra Faustum 11.7, NPNF1, vol. 4, pg. 181)

For more on Titus 3:4-7, see Baptism of the Lord, Year C.
For Luke 2:15-20, see Mary, Mother of God.

Readings for Christmas Vigil and Christmas Midnight are the same in all three years and were posted last year.

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