An Advent Liturgy: Day 24
Luke 2 : 6-7, 16-20, Matt 2 : 9b – 11
While they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
[The shepherds] hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
And the star the [wise men] had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
You came that we might have life
Life in all its fullness
May we never lose the wonder of that first encounter
Where are lives were changed in an instant
May we never forget the joy
Of simply gazing into your eyes
Let our lives be living sacrifices
worthy of the King
For You came and made yourself nothing
So that we could have everything
You gave up Heaven
So that I could receive it
May we never lose the wonder
of simply knowing you.
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