Happy Christmas 2022: “For this day a Saviour has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord” – Rejoice!

Happy Christmas 2022: “For this day a Saviour has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord” – Rejoice!

Originally written by anonymous Cistercian monks and later translated to English by Fr. Frederick Oakeley, this song has had widespread popularity, both as a modern-day Christmas carol and also as a solemn hymn sung at churches. It tells about the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, and encourages all the faithful of the world to pay him homage. (YouTube)

Editor writes…

The Woke Wallies decided that at least one of the traditional Christmas carols had to be reworked to make it more “inclusive” – click here… and weep. We must get the message across to these dopes that we really do not like their blasphemous baloney, whether in the name of “inclusivity” or anything else.  Get (as the saying goes) lost…

As always with Feast Day threads, feel free to discuss relevant issues – here’s one shocker – and note that it’s not just in the USA that Christmas is conveniently used for political and diplomatic purposes (Pontius Pilate is not shy – his disciples turn up at every opportunity) but here in the UK as well.  Nicola Sturgeon is one of those astonishing atheists who somehow manages to “celebrate” Christmas, albeit merely as a “family time” or to interpret Christ’s coming to earth as nothing more a call to support “humanitarian” causes.  Nicola is here. Rishi Sunak, as the UK’s first Hindu Prime Minister, overcame the problem cleverly by doing this, while Labour (Opposition) Leader Keir Starmer – another self-proclaimed atheist – at least had the decency to mention the Holy Name of Jesus in his address to the nation here.

When you’ve recovered from those “Christmas” messages, share your favourite memories of Christmases past, as well as any edifying stories associated with the Feast, prayers, hymns, carols, and even jokes of the “good clean fun variety.

A very happy and holy Christmas, to one and all… “For this day a Saviour has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

Comments (21)

  • Marinaio Reply

    Merry Christmas, Dear Editor!

    After I listened to the beautiful rendition of Adeste Fideles and read over your latest posting, I was reminiscing about the most memorable Christmas Eves I have ever had. I was reminded of the incredible Christmas Eve of 1968, when the three Apollo 8 astronauts circling the moon sent an inspiring message back to Earth.

    I found the link on FoxNewsWeather, but the moon-landing-deniers notwithstanding, I have to say that it is for me an amazing episode in our space program, and a glimpse of what life was like in America when it was acceptable (and in fact commonplace) for public figures to quote from the Bible. It is one of those stories we should pass down to our children and grandchildren, lest it be forgotten. To you and your readers, Mrs. Marinaio and I wish you a very Blessed and Happy Christmas!

    https://www.foxweather.com/earth-space/moon-christmas-story-apollo-8-astronauts-shared-message-orbiting-moon

    December 24, 2022 at 5:00 pm
    • Lily Reply

      Marinaio,

      “We set out to explore the moon and instead discovered the earth”

      What a line! Thank you for that beautiful link, really marvellous. As you say, that is something to pass on to our family in future generations.

      Happy Christmas, everyone!

      December 24, 2022 at 7:52 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      Marinaio,

      That is an awesome Fox Weather report. Truly awesome.

      I can’t remember who, but one of the astronauts once said (and I read this in a newspaper report but can’t remember which one) that if we could see the earth from space, we’d have worked much harder to get here than we have done to get to space. Awesome!

      December 24, 2022 at 9:25 pm
    • editor Reply

      Marinaio,

      Christmas wishes to Mrs Marinaio and your good self, for a wonderful Feast! Enjoy!

      December 25, 2022 at 8:54 am
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Wishing Editor and all the commenters / readers at CT a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Westminster Fly

    December 24, 2022 at 5:08 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed Christmas and also a Happy New Year.

    May you all enjoy this particular rendition of ‘O Holy Night’.

    December 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      I love that hymn! O Holy Night is one of my favourites.

      Happy Christmas to all CT bloggers!

      December 24, 2022 at 9:23 pm
  • Lily Reply

    This is the English Cardinal, Nichols, Christmas message. What I found interesting is that priests were hearing confessions in the queues at the Queen’s funeral – maybe if they could get into the churches for confession there would have been no need! I’m being sarcastic, as I think it’s probably good news that this happened, maybe people who’d been lapsed.
    https://catholicherald.co.uk/a-christmas-message-from-cardinal-nichols/

    December 24, 2022 at 7:45 pm
  • editor Reply

    This clip is really excellent. Yet another Protestant minister (former chaplain to the late Queen) puts Catholic priests to shame. I’m talking about the priests who continue to remain silent in the current onslaught against Christ – the minister’s words – towards the end of the piece – about the abuse of the Holy Name, is something that should (long ago) have been the subject of an episcopal letter and press release. At the very least.

    December 24, 2022 at 8:32 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    Taylor Marshall talks about the claims that December 25 is not the right date for celebrating the birth of Jesus. This is really interesting.

    December 24, 2022 at 9:22 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    A Merry, Blessed and Joyous Christmas to everyone…shortly on my way to play Midnight Mass, but here is my favorite Christmas carol, “The Shepherds’ Farewell,” from Berlioz’ oratorio L’Enfance du Christ:

    https://youtu.be/TGBTNlbRbeM

    (The text is not from a sacred source; Berlioz wrote it himself. Very interesting, since he was not religious at all!)

    December 24, 2022 at 11:24 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply

      (The original is in French, but an English translation is included in the 4th comment…)

      December 24, 2022 at 11:26 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I look forward to hearing that asap – it’s a new one on me. Right now, my Sunday Marathon (to get to Mass) begins!

        Happy Christmas!

        December 25, 2022 at 8:53 am
  • editor Reply

    Unto us a Child is born! Happy Christmas, everyone!

    December 25, 2022 at 8:51 am
  • Michael 🙏 Reply

    Dear Friends
    Wishing you and your families, a very happy and holy Christmas.
    Every blessing
    Michael 🙏

    December 25, 2022 at 8:22 pm
  • Laura Reply

    This is a beautiful story called The Gift of the Magi by O Henry (American) – I read it years ago and never forgot it. https://mgherron.com/2018/12/a-christmas-story-the-gift-of-the-magi-by-o-henry/

    Happy Christmas everyone!

    December 25, 2022 at 9:26 pm
    • editor Reply

      Laura,

      The Gift of the Magi is a beautiful story, as you say. I had all but forgotten about it, so thanks for posting and for the video below – I’ll watch that asap over the holidays.

      December 25, 2022 at 10:19 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Christ is Born!

        A Blessed Nativity to you and the entire CT family.

        God is with us! Understand all you nations and submit yourselves, for God is with us!

        – From Great Compline with Litiya on Nativity Eve

        Yours in Christ the Newborn King,

        Margaret 🇺🇸

        December 27, 2022 at 12:51 am
  • Laura Reply

    You can also see it on film on YouTube – here it is. I recommend reading if first, though.

    December 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm
  • editor Reply

    Here’s Pope Francis asking how to rediscover the real meaning of Christmas, saying that we need to return to the Gospel to find out. At last! I thought… Salvation… sin…Hell. To quote the Gospel of St Luke: “For this day a Saviour has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

    Sadly, and all too predictably, that’s not the part of the Gospel which Pope Francis cites. Nope. His was a slightly extended version of the address to the nation delivered by King Charles III. The same old, same old, in other words… The Great Social Worker in the Sky is the subject of both Christmas talks.

    Even when he used the manger theme, the “feeding trough” and linked it to Christ feeding us, Francis did not move it to the next level to speak about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

    It makes me think of some of the beautiful hats worn by the women in the royal family and what they would look like if they removed the feathers, the glitter, the pretty veils and flowers to be left only with a piece of felt material. Awful, that’s how they would look. A bit like a pope who removes the heart from Christ’s message and delivers only the “inoffensive” bit, with which no self-respecting human being could disagree. Even the immensely wealthy (think Rishi Sunak) preach poverty and concern for the poor. No big deal. Anyway, here’s Francis’ Christmas address 2022. Check it out for yourself and if you think I’m being too harsh, speak up!

    December 26, 2022 at 11:01 am
  • Michaela Reply

    Happy Christmas everyone at CT!

    I think this is a nice, peaceful carol, but communicates the joy of the feast.

    December 26, 2022 at 8:59 pm

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