[W]hen on Christmas Eve the trees are lit and the presents exchanged, men are still longing for other lights, until the bells ring for the Midnight Mass, and the miracle of the Holy Night is renewed on the flower-decked altars with their burning candles: “And the Word was made ﬂesh“. This is the moment of bliss fulﬁlled.
Saint Edith Stein
The Mystery of Christmas, 1. Advent and Christmas
Stein, E 1931, The mystery of Christmas: incarnation and humanity, translated from the German by Rucker, J, Darlington Carmel, Darlington UK.
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