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PRAYERS AND BIBLE READINGS FOR THE BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE

The Nativity Scene (Crib, Christmas Creche) may be sprinkled with Holy Water at the end of the ceremony.

In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
~ Amen.

(Sing a Christmas carol.)

A READING FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST LUKE 2:1-20
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus… as it had been told them. The Gospel of the Lord.

ALL: ~ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF BLESSING:
Jesus of Bethlehem,
you came down from heaven
to teach us that we are all the children of God,
beloved of the Father, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
Bless + this crib of ours,
as we meditate on your loving care for us
that calls us to love you with all our hearts
and our neighbour as ourselves.
Jesus of the crib and of the cross,
be with us, now and forever.
~ Amen.

LET US PRAY:
Almighty and merciful God,
by the birth of your only-begotten Son
in the stable of Bethlehem,
set us free from the bondage of sin
and bring us into the land of peace and plenty,
through the same Christ our Lord.
~ Amen.

 
 

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TIPS TO MAKE YOUR NATIVITY SCENE MORE LIVELY THIS YEAR

The Nativity Scene, also known as the crib or the Christmas Creche, is a wonderful way to focus on the real meaning of the season.

Creches come in all shapes and sizes. Choose your style, or even make one yourself (a great way to get kids involved).

Set the basic scene a week or two before Christmas and add the figures of Mary and Joseph, and the ox and donkey.

Then place the figures representing shepherds, their flocks of sheep and their sheepdog near the stable but not yet surrounding the manger. Launch the Magi on their journey.

On Christmas Eve, place the figure representing the Christ Child in the manger. Top the stable with an angel figure. Bring the shepherds and their animals in around the Holy Family.

Display and enjoy your Christmas Creche through to January 6. On Christmas Eve, begin moving the Magi figures closer to the stable, advancing them a little each day for the twelve days of Christmas.
– Messenger of St Anthony, December 2012

 
 

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