Excerpt from The Liturgical Year, Vol. 1: Christmas WE apply the name of Christmas to the forty days, which begin with the Nativity of our Lord, Decem ber 25th, and end with the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, February 2ud. It 1s aperiod, which forms a distinct portion of the Liturgical Year, as distinct, by its own special Spirit, from every other, as are Advent, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost. One same Mystery 1s celebrated and kept in view during the Whole forty days. Neither the Feasts of the Saints, which so abound during this Season, nor the Time of Septuagesima, with its mournful Purple, which often begins before Christmastide is over - seem able to distract our Holy Mother the Church, from the 1m mense joy, of which she received the good tidings from the Angels,1 on that glorious Night, for which the world had been longing four thousand years. The Faithful will remember, that the Liturgy com memorates this long expectation, by the four peni tential weeks of Advent. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.