December 25, 2022 

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Saint of the day

Saint Eugenia (d.258)

Saint Eugenia's life is shrouded in mystery. She is said to have been the daughter of Duke Philip of Alexandria, the governor of Egypt during the time of Emperor Valerian. According to legend, Eugenia ran away from home dressed as a man, was baptized, and began to live out her vocation in an abbey. She was accused of adultery by women who made advances on her, thinking that she was a man. She was brought to court to answer the charges, and discovered that the judge was her father. She was acquitted of the charges when she revealed that she was a woman. After reuniting with her father, she converted him to Christianity. She also converted many others, including her mother. She traveled to Rome with her mother and servants, where they were martyred under the persecution of Emperor Valerian.


Saint Eugenia followed her vocation, even though it was not easy to do. Spend a few minutes praying today to the Holy Spirit for guidance in discerning your vocational call. Through what vocation is God calling you to share Jesus with the world? (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


Holy Companion, I want to serve you with all my soul and in all my actions. May I always know that you are with me. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 13, 14, 15, 16

Place in Year: Christmas

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: White

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