Wednesday Dec. 31 Mass

Dec 31 2008 12:10 pm

7th Day in the Octave of the Nativity

Commemoration of St. Sylvester I, Pope.

Proper on p. 224, 189, 981.

Under the pontificate of this holy Pope—Saint Sylvester (314-335)—the Church, after three hundred years of persecution, begins to enjoy liberty, and spreads in the Roman Empire; and the Council of Nicea (325) establishes against the heretic Arius the doctrine of the eternal Divinity of the Savior.