Christmas inspiration – prayer, song, and scripture

Merry Christmas! As we celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we reflect on the beauty and mystery of His Incarnation with the help of some beautiful wisdom from Holy Scripture, song, prayer, and quotes from our Holy Father and the saints. We hope that these words will inspire you to truly embrace the joy, love, and peace of Christmas.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena (said 15 times per day November 30 through Christmas)

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

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 Messiah and Lord. Luke 2:10-11

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Drew Mariani

Nativity scene

With this sign, the Gospel reveals a paradox. It speaks of the emperor, the governor, the high and mighty of those times, yet God does not make himself present there. He appears not in the splendour of a royal palace, but in the poverty of a stable; not in pomp and show, but in simplicity of life; not in power, but in astonishing smallness. In order to meet him, we need to go where he is. We need to bow down, to humble ourselves, to make ourselves small. The newborn Child challenges us. He calls us to leave behind fleeting illusions and to turn to what is essential, to renounce our insatiable cravings, to abandon our endless yearning for things we will never have. We do well to leave such things behind, in order to discover, in the simplicity of the divine Child, peace, joy and the luminous meaning of life. – Homily of Pope Francis on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:5

Infant of Prague Novena (Dec 16-24)

O Jesus, Who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened,” through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.   (Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted.   (Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.   (Make your request)

Young girl puts ornament on Christmas tree with the help of her mom

O holy night

O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

From all of us at Relevant Radio®, Merry Christmas! May God bless you and your loved ones this joyful Christmas season.

Merry Christmas with image of the Holy Family

 

Nativity scene
Holy Land Pilgrimage with Drew Mariani
Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.