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Christmas Season

Pope Benedict’s Blessing for an Image of the Infant Jesus

On Gaudete Sunday, December 14, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Standing before the crèche, we will be able to taste Christian joy, contemplating in the new-born Jesus the face of God who out of love made Himself close to us”. Then, addressing the Roman boys and girls who had come with figures of the Christ Child to be placed in nativity scenes in their homes, Pope Benedict invited them to join him in reciting the following prayer:

God, our Father, you so loved us even to the point of sending us your only son Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, to save us and bring us to you. We ask that you bless these images of Jesus, who will soon come among us, as a sign of your presence and of your love in our homes.

Good Father, bless us as well, and our parents, our families, and our friends. Open our hearts so that we might know how to receive Jesus with joy, doing always what He asks, and seeing Him in all those who are in need of our love. We ask you in the name of Jesus, your beloved Son, who came to bring peace to the world. He lives and reigns with you forever and ever. Amen


Links:

Counting Down to Christmas

Jesse Tree [PDF version]

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Mealtime prayers for the Christmas Season

Blessings for Christmas Tree and Crib - December 24 

The Creche

The Christmas Novena [Spanish edition: Novena de Navidad]

The "O" Antiphons

Christmas Hymns and Carols

Scripture Readings for Christmas Masses

Saint Stephen - December 26

Saint John the Evangelist - December 27

Feast of the Holy Innocents - December 28

Saint Thomas Becket - December 29

The Holy Family

Saint Sylvester I - December 31

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - January 1

Saints Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen - January 2

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton - January 4

Epiphany - January 6 (traditional date)

Saint André Bessette - January 6

Saint Raymond Penyafort - January 7

Our Lady of Prompt Succor - January 8

The Baptism of the Lord


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