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Placing Ourselves in the Nativity Scene

One of the cherished Christmas gifts from my childhood is a simple, plastic nativity set. My grandparents gave it to me when I was eight or nine. It has traveled from my room when I was growing up to my college dorm and to now my office at the seminary. Each year I enjoy getting it out in Advent and arranging the figures. And each year I am confronted with two questions: Do I put the baby Jesus out before Christmas? And, do I put the three wise men out before the Epiphany? Recently, I …

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A joyous and blessed Christmas to you and yours! “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest …

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Blessing of the Nativity Scene

In its present form, the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223. When the manger is set up in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another family member. Here is a blessing you can use from the Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers. All make the Sign of the Cross. Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. Leader: …

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas… or Is It?

I try to avoid going to the mall for as long as possible, but it’s Christmas time, at least in the eyes of those doing the buying and selling.  So, I went to the mall with my wife and at first enjoyed some of the many signs of Christmas in every store – artificial pine trees obviously trimmed by professional decorators, synthetic snow, colored lights of all sorts, and of course Christmas sales seemingly on every item.  Signs wishing “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” to all were everywhere.  All of this was accompanied by the …

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