Adult / Couple
Pray It! Table Prayer
Use this table prayer on any feast day of Mary.
Hail Mary! It is always best to greet one another with praise as the angel, Gabriel, greeted Mary. Let us greet one another.
Reader one greets all family members with hail (names of family members) and encourages others to join in the greeting.
Full of grace. Mary was full of grace in a special way because she was conceived without sin, but grace also fills our lives with the goodness of family, friends, and food. May God bless our gathering at this table.
Blessed are you among women. We are lucky to have such a blessed mother. Mary shows us that human beings are called to live without sin. Someday, Christ will come again and bring the sinless world to fulfillment, and there will be no more suffering.
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Mary is blessed because she has Jesus inside of her, and after he was born, she continued to carry him in her heart. Our lives can be great by bringing Jesus into our bodies with Eucharist and by continuing to carry him in our hearts each day.
Now that we have greeted our mother properly and offered her praise, it is appropriate for us to ask for her help, and so we pray…
All Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Read It! Enjoy this Christmas Reflection from Sr.Joyce Rupp
Two experiences catapulted me
into the Christmas season. In late November I viewed a thought-provoking
documentary titled "Happy." Throughout the film prominent scientists
note that being happy is what most human beings desire more than anything else.
The researchers learn that if the basic needs of life are met, accumulation of
wealth does not add to one's happiness.
The film opens with a slum in
India. A man washes his feet with a bucket of water, then turns to wave goodbye
to his children who play in the dirt. The slender man assures the interviewer
that he is happy with his life. He points to his home, a partially boarded
shack with holes in the roof that let in rain during the monsoon season. Still,
he smiles a lot and insists he is happy because his family has enough food to
eat and he has work as a rickshaw driver.
The next morning I was
traveling on the interstate when my car had a flat tire. I pulled off the road
as far as possible but my small vehicle still shook fiercely every time a large
truck passed. I called for roadside assistance and learned it would be an hour
before someone came to change the tire. I decided to accept the situation by
patiently waiting and taking the time for reflection. I had barely made that
decision when I was startled by a knock at my window. There stood a middle
aged, bald-headed man in a business suit. He smiled as he said, "I passed
by you but something in me said I had to turn around and come back to help
you." My first thought was of the time it would take for him to do this
and was going to assure him that assistance was coming. But a certain eagerness
in his tone of voice stopped me from doing so.
As Herb changed the tire, he
told me about his having a stroke and then more recently coping with cancer. He
rubbed his bald head and added, "That's what led to this." After the
tire was replaced he stood up from his kneeling posture and told me about the
volunteer work he now does with children who have cancer. Just that morning he
received word of a six year old especially dear to him who had died. Tears came
to Herb's eyes as he explained, "That's why I stopped. I knew I had
to do something to honor that young boy's life. I had to help you. I'm so glad
I could do this."
As we stood there with a
strong wind and the heavy traffic whooshing around us, I knew I was in
the presence of a kind-hearted man who had circled death's rim. He knew about
"happy" in a way that I, and others who have not had such
experiences, do not know. Life was not about how much success and money Herb
accumulated. Life was about appreciating what he had, living with gratitude for
life itself, being on the lookout for unexpected situations to help others,
trying to bring hope and happiness with gestures of kindness.
Thanks to these two
experiences I can more easily approach Christmas without the usual fuss and
concern about the numerous details accompanying preparation for this feast.
"Happy" is about presence, a caring, loving presence. And isn't that
really what the coming of the Holy One in our midst suggests? This Presence is
reflected in every loving gesture of kindness we give and receive. Could
Christmas contain more genuine happiness than that?
Click here for Joyce's website: http://joycerupp.com/index.htm
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