Friday, October 28, 2011

Nativity 2007

Christmas 2007. This is my first year to set-up a processional sized Belen inside our home using my Fatima image and a newly commissioned St. Joseph (from a relatively unknown carver from Paete...his name escapes me...)

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O Holy Child of Bethlehem

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in.
Be born in us to-day.


Subdivision's Family Day

Annually, a Family Day is held in our subdivision. To start off the day-long fun filled event, is a Holy Mass featuring of course my image of the Holy Family.

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Here you see the images being blessed after the Holy Mass.

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Family Christmas Prayer

I think about my family, my relatives, the neighbors, people with whom we will spend this day. Dear Jesus, as I look at their faces and remember their stories, there are feelings of gratitude and some fear and anxiety. Thank you for these loved ones and please forgive me for the ways I have been less than accepting and loving. Please heal the wounds, division and conflicts that stand between us and help me to remember how dearly you love them. I only want to remember that you have come to save us all.

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January 2008, Block Rosary

Another family tradition is to welcome the Block Rosary image of Our Lady Fatima in our house during this season. After Christmas, the image now moves to the next scheduled household.

Departure of the image, altar arrangement

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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