CHRISTMAS, Friday before Epiphany

“... the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.” (1 John 5:8.)

Pope Saint Leo the Great comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

“This means the Spirit of sanctification, the blood of redemption and the water of baptism, which three are one and remain distinct, and none of them is separated from union with the others. This is the faith by which the church lives and moves.” (Letters, 28.)

Cast your kindly light upon Your faithful,
Lord, we pray,
and with the splendor of Your glory
set their hearts ever aflame,
that they may never cease
to acknowledge their Savior
and may truly hold fast to Him.
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen