THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
Sunday December 23rd 2018
Mary’s Child: the Prince of Peace
Elizabeth said: ‘Blessed is she who believed that the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled’. This week we celebrate the wonderful feast of Christmas. Mary is by far the best person to teach us what it is about as she was very central to the first Christmas. The first thing she teaches us is that Christmas is primarily about Christ. How obvious that should be and yet it is about so many other things for so many people today. The second thing Mary teaches us about Christmas is that it is about God’s extreme love for us as we are. Each one of us is so precious in God’s eyes that Christmas would have happened if we were the only person ever to live. It is a time to let go to that love. And the third thing is that it is about family – our love for one another in our homes and being a family together in our parish community.
Morning Prayer, when together
Lord, fill our hearts with your love,
and as you revealed to us by an angel
the coming of your Son in our flesh
so lead us through his suffering and death
to the glory of his resurrection.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Lord, may the power of the Spirit
which sanctified Mary the mother of your Son
make holy our love for each other in marriage
so that we may give glory to your name.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, through our sacrament of marriage
we receive the promise of salvation;
as Christmas draws near make us grow in faith and love
to celebrate the coming of Christ our Saviour.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: What are some of the best things that have happened to you because of your marriage?
Share these this week.
For others: How will you create a sense of peace for those closest to you this week?