Is there any historical or tradition sources on the time of the Nativity? For example,… 6:00p.m.!
Luke 2:8-11 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
(Regarding “day” - a day went from 6pm to 6 pm)
This site is interesting. unamsanctamcatholicam.blogspot.com/2012/12/was-jesus-born-at-night.html
It tells of the tradiion for a midnight birth **of Jesus **based on the following passage in WisdomWisdom 18:14-15 For while gentle silence enveloped all things,
and night in its swift course was now half gone,
thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne,
into the midst of the land that was doomed, …
(There is no “historical” record of a particular time – or date. I’m assuming by “historical” you mean where it was recorded/reported somewhere in records from that time, or apostolic teachings.)
Then perhaps the Midnight Mass is the time to go to church! The Wisdom quote is very interesting. Thanks.