Your Christmas Sunday Sermon Notes – 2022

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for Christmas?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

I have a few thoughts about the Epistle in the Vetus Ordo for Midnight Mass: HERE

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  1. Rob83 says:

    Regrettably, weather canceled everything locally.

    I am getting the feeling the live-streaming thing done the last few years has caused a muddle, as the bishop rather than dispensing the obligation directly instead urged not attempting to attend Mass in person (which is the only way it can be done), and instead having a spiritual connection with others through live-streaming.

  2. summorumpontificum777 says:

    Diocesan midnight TLM… not my home parish but my regular one when I’m visiting the town that I’m visiting. Attendance was approximately 300. Father’s sermon was mainly aimed at visitors and once-a-year Catholics who happened to have shown up, encouraging them to make a habit of it and to get to know Jesus and discover the richness of the Catholic faith — a fine message. Singing was lovely. One slightly sour note, I was seated near the rear of the church, and a couple of the middle aged usher dudes were chattering between themselves some editorial comments — I think something along the lines of how the TLM was a weird choice for midnight mass as half the randoms who show up probably aren’t expecting Latin (this a mainly novus ordo parish, with 1 Sunday TLM). I was so proud of young 20-something woman who got up from her pew and said to them, “Could you take this conversation somewhere else?”

  3. I asked, “What is Christmas about, really?”

    My answer was the words of Saint Athanasius: “God became man so that men might become God” — and I developed that a bit, concluding that Christmas is an invitation to this divinization.

  4. Rob in Maine says:

    Father said, “There once was a child you was asked if they got what they wanted fir Christmas. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘but it’s not MY birthday.”

  5. Sue in soCal says:

    My husband, son, and I traveled 2.5 hours to Laurel, Montana with a young family to attend a reverent Midnight Mass. The pastor, a convert from the Episcopal church, installed a Communion rail, does the Mass ad orientem, and has beautifully trained the altar BOYS.
    Before Mass he leads the congregation in a prayer offering the Mass for vocations, the salvation of souls, thise in Purgatory, and the Pope. His chanted the Kalendas at the beginning of Mass.
    His homily was lovely, recounting the Christmas story and reminding us what Christmas is and why we celebrate it. In obedience to his bishop, he no longer can say the TLM on Sundays but daily Mass is TLM. He hears confessions before every Mass, even last night before Midnight Mass. This is on top of a regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon slot. I love this priest! I hope his bishop appreciates him, too.

  6. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Because of work and the snow, we went to my old parish church. The new priest gave a good homily on “Christ” and “Mass,” which basically gave a quick catechism on the reason for Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection. Obviously aimed at the Christmas and Easter folks, but not in a super-obvious way.

    That said, the kids seemed to be listening up also, and the folks who always attend also seemed to appreciate getting some meat.

    Also… I noticed that the readings for Mass on Christmas Day have not just the beginning of John’s Gospel (with “in the beginning”), but also the beginning of Hebrews, which is the beginning of the Odyssey! So obviously somebody who loved Greek/Classics put that Paul reading in there. So cool!

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