Te Deum in the Octave of Christmas

The Te Deum begins

You are God: we praise you; You are the Lord: we acclaim you; You are the eternal Father: All creation worships you.

To you all the angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.  The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.  The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you: Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

The Te Deum continues on.  But, what I wish to point out is the exaltation that is given to the Divine Trinity when the Divine Office is prayed.  All priest are obliged to recite the Divine Office and are praying this prayer at this time of the year.  They know this prayer well.  But non the less many do not want people to treat God, who is so great, with this kind of reverence in the Holy Sacrament of Communion.  Many scold people for kneeling to receive Jesus.  Many tell people to receive God incarnate in the hand.  Don’t they understand the words of the Te Deum; All creation worships you.  Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

At this Christmas time, may we adore the Child Jesus whom is poorly treated in Holy Communion by so many Catholics.  Thank God Pope Benedict demands that all who receive Holy Communion from him, kneel and receive God on the tongue.