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Christmas Table Blessing

Most generous and loving God,
On this holy evening,
We ponder and pray, and
We remember.

Centuries ago...
In a poor and violent place,
In the dark of the night and
During a time of overwhelming fear and despair,
A newborn baby cried out.

To show us your true nature,
To give your love human form,
To remind us that we are created in your image, and
To affirm the goodness of being human:
You became one of us.

In the person of Jesus
Whose birth we remember this day,
We saw your compassion with a human face
And a human heart that was moved to justice.

As we gather around this table,
With family and friends,
We thank you for the gift of your life within us,
We thank you for showing us love made real.

We ask your blessings on this gathering, and
On this food we are about to eat.
We pray for those who are alone,
And for all who suffer this evening.

Keep us mindful of the love that was born
On the First Christmas Day.
Ever increase the capacity of hearts
To receive and to give.
Fire us with y…

Do Not Be Afraid: Christmas Reflection from Fr. Emile Dumas

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God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, greeted Mary of Nazareth: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”.

An angel greeted Zechariah: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard.”

Just when Joseph had resolved to quietly dismiss Mary who was with child an angel of the Lord appeared and said: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit”.

An angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night and said to them: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all the people.”  

The story of Christmas, the birth of the child Jesus in Bethlehem, speaks to us loudly and clearly: “Do not be afraid. You have found favor with God.”

We live in a world with events that stir fear on a daily basis. A group of young people gather for a night of singing and dancing and are gunned down.

A group of disciples of Jesus gather to refl…