The Church Never Tires of Singing the Glory of this Night

Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest. The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night:

The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal
And the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible.
The angels and shepherds praise him
And the magi advance with the star,
For you are born for us,
Little Child, God eternal!
(CCC 525)

To all my fellow catechists and catechetical ministers: May you be filled with abundant blessings this Christmas season! -joe

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

6 Comments on The Church Never Tires of Singing the Glory of this Night

  1. Merry Christmass and A Blessed New Year to you,and your family.Your books and your messages are all inspirational to everyone involve in the catholic faith.Thanks.

  2. I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas. I have not read your blog in a couple weeks now. My Mom passed away on 12/23 and I was up in NY for about 10 days. Thankfully I was able to be with Mom a few days before she passed. What a blessing. Me and my 6 brothers and sisters were able to all be with mom and sing Christmas carols to her around her hospital bed while she was still lucid…she loved it! My Mom taught “CCD” for many years and inspired me to do the same. Just wanted to share a little bit with you. Mom got to be in heaven with my Dad for Christmas. Thanks for all you do to inspire us catechists. Wishing you peace and joy for your new year. Sincerely, Josie

    • Josie, what a beautiful story. My sympathies on the loss of your Mom. I’m glad that you were all able to be with her and to help her have a “happy death” (as the saying goes). I hope your New Year is filled with abundant blessings.

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