We have now reached the Third Sunday of Advent. Today in the liturgy the Apostle Paul's invitation rings out: ``Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.... The Lord is at hand!`` (Phil 4: 4-5).
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.