Spirituality Resources
To Parents and Catechists: Invite your young people to participate in meditative prayer. Encourage them to use their imagination when responding to the gospel story. This activity might appeal to youngsters between the ages of eight and ten.

A Christmas Meditation

Listen to God's Word
Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. While there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. Mary gave birth to her Son in a stable, because there was no room for them in the inn. She wrapped her baby in cloths and laid him in a manger.
From Luke 2:4-8

A Christmas eve Meditation
Imagine you are the innkeeper. What do you say to Mary and Joseph? How do you feel?

Imagine you are Joseph preparing a place in the stable. What do you say to Mary? How do you feel?

Imagine you are Joseph or Mary right after JesusŐ birth. What do you say to each other? How do you feel?

Show your joy by prayerfully singing.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin Mother and child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace;
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Listen to God's Word

An angel appeared to shepherds in a field. The angel said, "I am here with good news. Today your Savior was born! He is Christ the Lord!" The shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem. They found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying in the manger.
From Luke 2:9-11, 16

Imagine and Pray
Imagine you are one of the shepherds. How do you feel when you see the angel? What do you say to the other shepherds? What do you say to Mary and Joseph when you find them? What do you say to Jesus?

Prayerfully sing these words.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born;
Christ the Savior is born.

My Prayer Goes On
Write your Christmas prayer. Pray it each day of the Christmas season.

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