Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Blessed Christmas from Magnificat

 
Dear Friends,

We wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!
May this Christmas be a time of special joy and grace for you and all your family.

We would like to share with you the following "Blessing on Christmas Presents"
that you might like to pray with your family and loved ones.

Asking God's blessing for you and your dear ones, we assure you of our prayers,
and thank you for being a faithful member of the MAGNIFICAT family. 

Sincerely in Christ, 

MAGNIFICAT 

Litany of Christmas Thanks

Response: Baby Jesus, we thank you.

For the Blessed Virgin Mary your Mother who said "Yes" to the angel. R/

For John the Baptist who leapt in the womb of Elizabeth his mother when you visited him in Mary. R/

For Joseph your foster father who trusted the angel instead of heeding his own doubts. R/

For the donkey that carried your expectant Mother to Bethlehem. R/

For the neighbor who led your holy family to the stable. R/

For the manger in which you were placed as if in the first tabernacle. R/

For the animals who were there in the first moments that you were adored. R/

For the angels and their song that led shepherds to your stable. R/

For the shepherds who worshiped you and then proclaimed the Good News like priests. R/

For Simeon who all his life had been waiting for you in the temple, longing to hold you. R/

For Anna the prophetess who proclaimed you to all those looking for deliverance and peace. R/

For the star that led the Magi to your manger and your Mother. R/
   

Loving Father,
 all of these Christmas gifts
 symbolize how much you love us
with the supreme Gift of your Son, Jesus Christ,
born for us this Christmas day.
 We give these gifts to one another to express
 how grateful we are for your unfathomable generosity
 and to show how eager we are to share that goodness with one another.
Bless these tokens of love and caring.
Never let us get attached to material things,
but rather let the joy flowing from these presents
 strengthen our bonds of love, deepen our relationships,
and move us to be more thankful, selfless, and giving all the days of our life.
Thank you for the birth of Jesus,
 our brother and our Savior.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now and will be forever.
Amen.*


*Adapted from Blessing Prayers: Devotions for Growing in Faith
by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.



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The image at top is The Adoration of the Shepherds by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), Wallace Collection, London. © The Wallace Collection, dist. RMN/The Trustees of the Wallace Collection.

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