Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario
St Mary Star of the Sea
Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes
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At this time of year, the Spirit of Christmas surrounds us! And it isn’t from the bustle in the stores, the carols playing on the radio or the excitement of gifts under the tree.
There is a joy in the anticipation that something great will happen. We feel this way about the wait for a wedding, a grandchild, a visit. So, too, do we wait in joyful anticipation of Christmas. Let’s keep our thoughts on the meaning of that joy – the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. That wonderful night when the angels proclaimed the coming of Jesus and the shepherds sang in the fields. Jesus, the tiny infant, born of a Virgin. He who arrived in history, in mystery and in majesty.
As each day takes us closer to Christmas Day, take the time to reflect on Jesus and the events that led to His birth. The Angel Gabriel proclaiming the announcement to Mary. Mary’s ‘yes’. Joseph’s visit by the Angel. The journey to Bethlehem. That night in the stable. The sounds, the smells, the silence, the sacred.
Each thought is your prayer. Reflect on your joy. Keep Jesus in all you do and in how you prepare during this joyful season. With heartfelt wishes for Blessed Christmas Day!
Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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