Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24 --- Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For He that is mighty hath done great things to me,

and holy is His Name.

And His Mercy is from generation unto generations

upon them that fear Him.

He hath shewed might in His arm,

He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat,

and hath exalted the humble.

He hath filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich He hath sent empty away.

He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy.

As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.

Find your role...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Litany to the Infant Jesus

Keeping our focus on the Infant Jesus as we near the grand celebration of His birth, here is another prayer I love to say this time of year! My children enjoy litanies, because they can join in, repeating the simple responses.

Litany to the Infant Jesus

December 23 --- O Emmanuel!

O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

Accept God's plan...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22 --- O King of the Gentiles!

O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!

Be humble...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mysteries of the Holy Childhood

With the Birth of Jesus rapidly approaching, I enjoy meditating this week on how Christ came as a little baby, not an older boy or man. It is all too common for me to imagine Jesus during His teaching years, but I find it beautifully intimate to cultivate my relationship with the Christ Child, especially this time of year.

Years ago, I found these prayers, also called the Devout Exercise to the Infant Jesus and found them a tremendous way to reflect on and connect with the Christ Child. I am excited to be able to share these prayers with my children for the first time, because I know their relationship with the Child Jesus can be even more meaningful than mine!

24. Mysteries of the Holy Childhood
(scroll down to find #24 and then keep scrolling for the English translation)

Also, there is an indulgence tied to meditating on these prayers on the 25th of each month!

December 21 --- O Dayspring!

O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

December 20 --- O Key of David

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

Say yes...