The Crib has a special place where family members can reflect and pray during the Christmas season.
All make the Sign of the Cross.
Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
Leader: We are at the beginning of the days of Christmas.
All through the season we will look on these images of sheep and cattle,
of shepherds, of Mary and Joseph and Jesus.
The figures are placed in the crib and blessed with Holy Water.
After a time of silence, the leader continues:
God of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and animals,
bless us whenever we gaze on this crib scene.
Through all the days of Christmas, may these figures tell the story
of how humans, angels, and animals found the Christ in this poor place.
Lord, bless all who look upon this manger;
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus and raise our thoughts to him,
who is God-with-us.
Fill our house with hospitality, joy, gentleness, and thanksgiving,
and guide our steps in the way of your peace.