St. Delphinus, Bishop

Sts. Thrasilla and Emiliana, Virgins

December 24

LITTLE is known of St. Delphinus before his elevation to the episcopate. He assisted at the Council of Saragossa, in 330, in which the Priscillianists were condemned, and also at the Council of Bordeaux, which condemned the same schismatics. He baptized St. Paulerius in 388, and the latter, in several letters, speaks of him as his father and his master. St. Delphinus died on the 24th of December, 403.
STS. THRASILLA and EMILIANA were aunts of St. Gregory the Great. They lived in their father's house as retired as in a monastery, far removed from the conversation of men; and, exciting one another to virtue by discourse and example, soon made considerable progress in spiritual life. Thrasilla was favored one night with a vision of her uncle, St. Felix, Pope, who showed her a seat prepared for her in heaven, saying: "Come; I will receive you into this habitation of light." She fell sick of a fever the next day. When in her agony, with her eyes fixed on heaven, she cried out to those that were present: "Depart! make room! Jesus is coming." Soon after these words she breathed out her pious soul into the hands of God on the 24th of December. A few days after she appeared to her sister Emiliana, and invited her to celebrate with her the Epiphany in eternal bliss. Emiliana fell sick, and died on the 8th of January.

Reflection. —We may often think the austerities of the Saints are beyond our strength; let us, then, imitate the guard they kept over their tongue. This is within the reach of all.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Christmas Eve

Introit • Ex. 16, 6, 7

This day you shall know that the Lord will come, and save us: and in the morning you shall see His glory. Ps. 23, 1. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the word, and all thy that dwell therein. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who dost gladden us year by year with the expectation of our redemption, grant that we, who now with joy receive Thine only begotten Son as our Redeemer, may behold Him also without fear, when He cometh as our judge, and Lord Jesus Christ. Who with thee.

Epistle • Rom. 1, 1-6

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.

[He commends the faith of the Romans, whom he longs to see. The philosophy of the heathens, being void of faith and humility, betrayed them into shameful sins.]

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Which he had promised before, by his prophets, in the holy scriptures, Concerning his Son, who was made to him of the seed of David, according to the flesh, Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead; By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name; Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ.  


Gradual • Ex. 16, 6, 7

This day you shall know that the Lord will come, and save us; and in the morning you shall see His glory. Ps. 79, 2, 3. Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joepsh like a sheep; Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, appear before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses.
Alleluia, alleluia. Tomorrow shall the iniquity of earth be wiped out; and the Saviour of the world shall reign over us. Alleluia.

Gospel • Luke 12, 32-34

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[The genealogy of Christ: he is conceived and born of a virgin.]

When Mary, the mother of Jesus was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins.

Offertory • Ps. 23, 7

Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of glory shall enter in.


Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, as in anticipation we come to celebrate the adorable birthday of Thy Son, so we may joyously lay hold upon His everlasting rewards. Who with Thee.

Communion • Is. 40, 5

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed; and all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.


Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may begin a new life with this festival of the Nativity of Tine only-begotten Son, Who, in theses mysteries, feeds us with the meat and drink of that life which is eternal. Through the same.