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A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Christmas   7 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds (1609), by Caravaggio

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Active God of grace, we laud and magnify your wondrous Name.

Christmas Day is nearly upon us again.

This annual reminder of your gracious love

fills us with awe and wonder

as we consider the ultimate purpose of the Messiah.

May we therefore thank you with our

words,

attitudes,

and deeds,

for your glory and the benefit of others.

In your Name we pray.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 22, 2010 COMMON ERA

THE NINETEENTH OF MY CONFIRMATION INTO THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

THE FEAST DAY OF SAINT FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI, FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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A Prayer for Those Suffering from Holiday Grief   8 comments

Above:  A Christmas Tree

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(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:12242008_ChristmasEve00028.JPG)

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Loving God,

the annual celebration of your incarnation in the form of Jesus approaches.

This should be a happy and blessed occasion.

Yet many people grieve the absence of one or more friends or family members

whom distance,

estrangement,

incarceration,

or death separate from them.

Bestow upon those who grieve

the consolation of your Holy Spirit,

that they may rejoice in your love and mercy.

We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

fully human and fully divine.  Amen.

Kenneth Randolph Taylor

December 7, 2009

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/first-day-of-christmas-christmas-day/

http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/holiday-grief/

A Christmas Prayer   7 comments

An Eighth-Century Mosaic of Jesus, Ravenna, Italy

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May you recognize and welcome incarnations of God around you

and inside you everyday.

May we see the image of God in each other,

treat each other accordingly,

and strive to do better in this regard when we fail.

And, on this and every other day,

may we remember the rest of the story of Jesus’ life. 

In the name of God, who loves us all, and whose grace alone empowers us to accomplish all these goals. Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/first-day-of-christmas-christmas-day/