Rejoice! The Lord Our Savior is Near
Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people,
that those who rejoice at the coming of your only Begotten Son, in our flesh
may, when at last he comes in glory,
gain the reward of eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Collect from Mass for December 21, Roman Missal
How can we appreciate more fully the gift of eternal life that is given to us in the birth of Our Savior?