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Preface III of the Nativity of the Lord: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,always and everywhere to give you thanks,Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.For through him the holy exchange that restores our lifehas shone forth today in splendor:when our frailty is assumed by your Wordnot only does human mortality receive unending honornot by this wondrous union we, too, are made eternal.And so, in company with the choirs of angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim: Communion Antiphon, Cf. Rev 14:4: Behold those redeemed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb, and who follow the Lamb whereever he goes.

the holy innocents book 49


126. See Jesus as happy, overflowing with joy. Rejoice with him as with a friend who has triumphed. They killed him, the holy one, the just one, the innocent one, but he triumphed in the end. Evil does not have the last word. Nor will it have the last word in your life, for you have a friend who loves you and wants to triumph in you. Your Saviour lives.

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