“Dear children! Also today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and from this embrace I am giving you His peace and a longing for Heaven. I am praying with you for peace and am calling you to be peace. I am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Mary was suddenly encased in a tremulous and unspeakably bright light. That light, rising through her as a tower of ivory into the heavens as seen by the spiritual eye, was too bright even for the gaze of the angels, who hid themselves outside the sanctuary of God's mother. Michael was the only one who dared approach her. He seemed to walk into the heavenly mist and lifted from it the Christ Child as if he were lifting Him from a cradle."
is the contemporary account of that Christmas Eve in 1223, written by
St. Thomas of Celano, who was a follower of St. Francis: