Prayer before a Manger Scene

Excerpt from Prayer before a MaID-10057677nger Scene

Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.


Longed-for Messiah, your servant Saint Leo the Great well wrote that in the very act of reverencing the birth of our Saviour, we are also celebrating our own new birth.  From this night on may my life be a dedicated life of faith marked by holy reliance, receptivity, and resoluteness.  May I make of my life a total gift of self.  May my humble worship of your Nativity manifest how much I seek the Father’s kingship and his way of holiness.  The beauty of your holy face bears the promise that your Father will provide for us in all things.  This Christmas I renew my trust in God’s goodness, compassion, and providence.  I long for the day when you will teach us to pray “Our Father.”

May your Presence, Prince of Peace, bless the world with peace, the poor with care and prosperity, the despairing with hope and confidence, the grieving with comfort and gladness, the oppressed with freedom and deliverance, the suffering with solace and relief.  Loving Jesus, you are the only real joy of every human heart.  I place my trust in you.

Oh, divine Fruit of Mary’s womb, may I love you in union with the holy Mother of God.  May my life be filled with the obedience of Saint Joseph and the missionary fervour of the shepherds so that the witness of my life may shine like the star that leads the Magi to your manger.  I ask all this with great confidence in your holy name.  Amen.





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