Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jesse Tree Reflection: December 25

This is the reflection for Christmas Day, and thus the last one for the Jesse Tree.  I hope that these reflections, and my sister-in-law's symbols, have been useful to you!

Dec. 25
Optional Reading: Luke 2:6-21 (The Birth of Jesus)
Symbols: Manger and Star

“And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them at the inn.  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.’” Luke 2: 7-11

Today we recall the birth of the Savior.  Christmas Day is a day full of joyful celebration, a day to ponder this great gift God has given to us: the gift of His own Son, to save us from our sins.  There are, perhaps, no more eloquent words for us to reflect upon today than this lovely prayer by which the Church recollects and celebrates the Nativity of Christ: the prayer called the Angelus, which is prayed, traditionally, at six, at noon, and again at six each day:

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Merry Christmas!

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