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Christmas Adoration: The Word of God Became Flesh


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“Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed:

He was made visible in the flesh,

justified in the Spirit,

seen by angels,

proclaimed to the Gentiles,

believed in throughout the world,

taken up in glory.’’ (1 Tim 3:16).

 

We celebrate Christmas with its message of liberation, peace and joy. We celebrate the presence of "God-among-us"; the Hope born in Bethlehem; the Good News of the transformation of our history into the history of salvation. We celebrate the efforts and struggles which have lead the crucified of the earth to experience the triumph of life. We are grateful for the commitment to the memory of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem of Judah and in the cribs of so many oppressed peoples throughout history and in our days.

The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary also celebrates on this day the 223rd anniversary of its foundation by Pierre Coudrin and Henrietta Aymer de la Chevalerie. Brothers and sisters consecrate themselves to contemplate, live and announce to the world the Love of God manifested in Christ and symbolized in his pierced Heart. And they see in the Heart of Mary a model of faith and loyalty in love. They rejoice because of both memorials and give thanks to God the Father from whom every good gift, every perfect gift comes. (Cf Jas 1:17).

 

Opening Invocation:

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

R/ And we have beheld his glory, fullness of love and loyalty.


Silence for Adoration


Psalm 85

This is the prayer of those repatriated from Babylon who for years have sighed for the liberation that God has granted them. To the thanksgiving for freedom they add the plea for a fuller restoration, a foreshadowing of that which has come to us through the Incarnation of the Word. May the Lord open our hearts to welcome Christ, who continues to live as liberator.


You once favored, LORD, your land,

restored the captives of Jacob.

You forgave the guilt of your people,

pardoned all their sins.

BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE!


Certainly you will again restore our life,

that your people may rejoice in you.

Show us, LORD, your mercy;

grant us your salvation.

BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE!


I will listen for what God, the LORD, has to say;

surely he will speak of peace

To his people and to his faithful.

May they not turn to foolishness!

BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE!


Near indeed is his salvation for those who fear him;

glory will dwell in our land.

Love and truth will meet;

justice and peace will kiss.

BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE!


Truth will spring from the earth;

justice will look down from heaven.

Yes, the LORD will grant his bounty;

our land will yield its produce.

Justice will march before him,

and make a way for his footsteps.

BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE!


Silence to Meditate


Reading Rm 5, 1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.


Silence for Reflection


Let us fix our gaze on Jesus and understand that we, his followers, must announce to the world what we have freely received.


Intercessions

Lord Jesus, you were born two thousand years ago in our world. We remember you together with the whole Church and we express our gratitude for this divine visit that fills us with joy.

-You have promised to be with us until the end of the world, and we experience your presence. Grant us to walk in hope, without ever losing confidence.

-You have come to our land to reveal to us the love of the Father and you have shown us your love even unto death. Grant us to immerse ourselves in the torrent of your love, and to the Sacred Hearts religious give them the grace to live the greatness of their vocation and their mission.

-By the lake of Tiberias, you taught us the Beatitudes of the Kingdom. Grant us to live them and proclaim them. Lord, send your Holy Spirit as a help for our unbelief, to lead us to reach out to our brothers and sisters, especially to the most disadvantaged.

-Add your own intentions…


Our Father


Prayer of Praise

Blessed are you, Lord, Father in heaven, because in your infinite mercy you have bent down over the misery of humanity and have given us Jesus, your Son, born of a woman, our Savior and our Friend, our Brother and our Companion on the way. Thank you, Father, full of goodness, for this year that is now ending.

May it bear fruit in us and in the whole Church fruits of openness, dialogue and encounter. May we, disciples of Christ, promote justice and peace.

May the Good News be known by the poor and may the Church make her Love of predilection for the displaced and abandoned felt.

May the Congregation of the  Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary grow in holiness, in zeal for the mission and in numbers. To you, Father, our praise without end!


Closing:

To you, God the Father, to you, Jesus, his Son and our Savior, to you, Holy Spirit, who dwell in us, praise and glory forever.

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