Prayer at the Christmas Crib

When your Christmas Crib is set up at home, gather everyone in the house around it for this short blessing prayer.

The youngest (who is able!) holds the image of the Baby Jesus.

Sing together:

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

Reader: We are going to listen now to the story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. We will hear how Jesus came to be born.

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time, the emperor issued a decree for a census of the whole empire to be taken. Everyone had to be registered in his own town. So, everyone set out for his own city. Joseph, too, set out from Nazareth of Galilee. As he belonged to the family of David, being a descendant of his, he went to Judea, to David’s town of Bethlehem, to be registered with Mary, his wife, who was with child. They were in Bethlehem when the time came for her to have her child; and she gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in torn rags, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

All pause for a moment of silent prayer.

The Baby Jesus is now placed in the crib.

Reader: As we bless this crib, we pray that it will be a place where people will come to know God’s love for them through this child in the manger. May they know that God comes to welcome and embrace us.

We pray a blessing on all in our home and on our families, near and far.

May we know the peace that the angels announced to the shepherds and may the joy of God’s coming among us in Jesus, fill your hearts, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.