The Nativity of Our Lord - Adult Resources

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5 minute reflections about the meaning behind your favorite Christmas traditions

18:19 min.

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59:19 min.

60 min.

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9:47 min.

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31:36 min.

31:36 min.

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The Church of the Annunciation &
St. Joseph Church in Nazareth - 8:25 min.

The Roman Census - 3:26 min.

Shepherds in the Fields near Bethlehem - 3:01 min.

3:22 min.

Was Jesus really the Messiah foretold in prophecy? - 3:45 min.

The Culture at the Time of Jesus' Birth - 4:01 min.

Visit the Church of the Nativity - 4:41 min.

7:36 min.

The Gifts of the Magi - 3:31 min.

Drive Thru History: Christmas Traditions - 6:56 min.

The Christmas Season

December 25th marks the beginning, not the end, of the Christmas season.

The Christmas season begins with the celebration of the Octave of Christmas, we celebrate for eight days.  The octave begins on Christmas Day and ends on January 1, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. The Christmas season officially ends with the Baptism of the Lord.

The Christmas season is full of exciting feasts and celebrations all pointing to Jesus as the Christ. 

  • December 26 – The Holy Family (the Sunday after Christmas)

  • December 28 – Holy Innocents (children murdered by Herod’s soldiers in the effort to destroy the Christ Child)

  • January 1 – Holy Mary, Mother of God - Holy Day of Obligation

  • January 2 – The Epiphany of the Lord (visit of the Magi)

  • January 9 – The Baptism of the Lord

See Christmas Resources for Children here.