Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord December 24

Were it not for the purple vestments and for fasting, one would believe it to be Christmas Day. There is a spirit of joyful expectation in the air.

This day you shall know that the Lord will come, and save us; and in the morning you shall see His glory. — Introit

The Imitation of Christ
Son, I came down from heaven for thy salvation; I took upon Me thy miseries, not of necessity, but moved thereto by charity; that thou mightest learn patience and bear without repining temporal miseries.
This is Christmas Eve. In a few hours Christ will be born again in our hearts through Holy Communion. The Babe of Bethlehem will be with us.
Don’t forget that all we do today is done in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Our real happiness tomorrow will be measured, not by the gifts we have given and received, but by what we have done to make our poor hearts a fit abode for the Divine Infant. When we do our work let us do it as though our blessed Lady were our constant companion.
In the morning you shall see His glory.