Page 37 - catholicresources_Spring2018
P. 37

                                                        Blessing the Family Nativity Scene
Family Prayer Holiday Season 2017
 The annual unpacking of the family Nativity scene—handing out the  gures one by one, holding them up for all to see and admire once again—can be fun for the whole family. This is a beautiful way for your family to honor the Holy Family!
Here is a prayer service to make this event even more special. Mom or Dad, or perhaps the two together, might do the unpacking. If you have a stable for the  gures, set it in place  rst. Then hand a  gure to each family member to keep until it is to be placed in the Nativity scene. Unless your family is quite large, you will have more  gures than children, so you will need to put each child in charge of more than one. For the service, you will need the Nativity scene, a small bowl of holy water for the blessing, and a copy of this service for each participant. Either Mom or Dad, or both together, can act as leader. When calling on the children to bring forward their  gures, call each child by name.
Leader: God, our Father, bless our family as we recreate this holy scene to remind us of the birth of Jesus. All: Amen.
Leader: (Name), please bring forward Mary, the mother of God’s own Son, Jesus, and our mother, too. (Place  gure in Nativity scene.) God, help us to believe and trust and hope in your promises as faithfully as Mary did. All: We will believe and trust and hope.
Leader: (Name), please bring forward Saint Joseph. (Place  gure in Nativity scene.) God, help us to believe and trust and hope in God’s promises as faithfully as Saint Joseph did.
All: We will believe and trust and hope.
Leader: (Name), please bring forward the Holy Infant. (Place  gure in Nativity scene.) God, we thank you for the birth of our brother and Savior, Jesus. Help us to follow him faithfully all
our lives.
All: We will follow him faithfully.
Leader: (Name), please bring forward the angel(s). (Place  gure(s) in Nativity scene.) God, thank you for the angels who watched over this holy scene and  lled the night sky with song.
All: We will praise God as the angels did.
Leader: (Name), please bring forward the ox and the donkey. (Place  gures
in Nativity scene.) God, thank you for the ox and the donkey who shared this joyful time. The donkey carried Mary and the unborn Jesus all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and the ox warmed the cold night air with his breath. All: God, thank you for letting us share this joyful time.
        A Service of
Note to Parents: More activities at gospelweeklies.com/seasonal © 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.
                            

















































































   35   36   37   38   39