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Prayers of the Saints – A Christmas Prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

December 30, 2013

We’re so blessed to have a tremendous repository of “Prayers of the Saints” from the “great cloud of witnesses”  (Hebrews 12:1) of our brothers and sisters in the Lord who’ve run this race of life before us! My heart was stirred recently by this Christmas prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), which I found in Carol Wilkinson, ed., The Hallowing of Time: A Daily Prayer Resource, Volume 1: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany.

Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us,
that we, made in your image,
conform ourselves to it.
In our own strength
we cannot imitate your majesty,
power and wonder;
nor is it fitting for us to try.
But your mercy
reaches from the heavens,
through the clouds,
to the earth below.
You have come to us
as a small child,
but you have brought us
the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love.
Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms,
and pierce our hearts
with your soft, sweet cries. Amen.

May we share St. Bernard’s prayer for the eternal love of our Emmanuel to pierce and penetrate into our innermost being, to transform us into his likeness.  

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