Christmas Day: Nativity of our Lord

& archive, Year B.

 Prayer before reading:   

Lord Jesus,                    
You  call us to come
To be with you.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear you,
Here, in the manger.


Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.

Christmas Day: Nativity of the Lord

The lectionary readings for Christmas Day, the Nativity of our Lord, lead us to Bethlehem, City of David. Crowds fill the road; making their way to register in their ancestral town at the order of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Progress is slow. The inns in Bethlehem are full. Mary begins to feel the signs of birthing within her body. This

Holy One of God, this One who will sit on the throne of David, God coming among us in a baby – enters into our world in a stable; his cradle a feeding trough.

Now heaven is among us. God is here. The Almighty One makes his home among us:
as a new-born baby in a stable.

With Mary and Joseph, with the shepherds, come to the manger.  Gaze upon the Christ-child. Listen to his breathing as he sleeps. With Mary, treasure the message of the angels’ message and song, and ponder them in your heart.

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,    
You come to us.
Help me to see as you see,
To recognize your presence.
Open the inn of my life
Prepare my soul for your birthing
In me – for the sake of the world.           


Christmas Day:  Nativity of the Lord

  • 12/19    Monday:  Luke 2:1-14
  • 12/20    Tuesday:  Luke 2:15-20
  • 12/21   Wednesday:  Psalm 96, 97, 98
  • 12/22   Thursday:  Isaiah 9:2-7; 62:6-12
  • 12/23    Friday:  Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
  • 12/24    Saturday:  Luke 2:1-14
  • 12/25   Sunday:  Luke 2:15-20