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.
(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.
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.