One of the deepest and dearest secrets of the Christmas season is hidden in plain sight: Christmas Eve is the feast day of Holy Eve, the wife of Adam and the mother of all.
One of the deepest and dearest secrets of the Christmas season is hidden in plain sight: Christmas Eve is the feast day of Holy Eve, the wife of Adam and the mother of all. (Though I play with words, Christmas is a good time for playfulness. “For,” as Charles Dickens reminds us in his Carol, “it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”)
It is on this day for children, as we await the birth of the God Child, that Catholics should remember not only the Mother of Life but also the mother of all the living, whose legacy lies at the root of the story of salvation and whose spirit hovers in heavenly anticipation on the night before Christmas.
As Eve watched for millennia over her teeming world of children, waiting for them to be given the fullness of the life she had given them only imperfectly, she herself waited to be brought back to Paradise by the Redeemer. The great Byzantine Anastasis icon depicts Eve’s place in human redemption dramatically: rising from her grave and grasping the hand of the Resurrected Lord as He stamps down the doors of Hades on Death himself.Christmas Eve is Holy Eve’s – Crisis Magazine