What about the Church’s heritage of the Sacrament of Penance leading up to Christmas?
What about Christmas and the mercy of God which calls us to celebrate that mercy more than ever at the Birth of the Savior?
The greatest act of God’s mercy is his sending of Jesus his Son to us. In this “sending” we must include: 1) Jesus’ birth of Mary and ministering in our midst; 2) Jesus’ handing over his life on the cross in obedience to the Father’s will; 3) the Father’s raising Jesus to heavenly glory. So Christmas is a manifestation of God’s merciful steadfast covenant love. Therefore not to proclaim in the assembly that faithfulness of God’s covenant of mercy would be a sin itself. It must be a part of our Christmas celebration. The Sacrament of Penance is a Christmas gift from above. Without it our Christmas would be incomplete.