Thursday, December 13, 2012

Take the Christmas Pledge!

      My Christmas Pledge with Prayer to the Infant Jesus
I Promise . . .
. To make my Christmas a holy day with Christ-----not a holiday without Him. 2. To observe Christmas as the birthday of Christ-----not  to give and receive material gifts. 3. To remember that the real symbols of Christmas are the Star, the Stable and the Crib
-----not Santa Claus and his reindeer. 
4. To teach my children that "Santa Claus" is the nickname of St. Nicholas
who gave to the poor in honor of Christ. 
5. To help one poor family
in honor of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Bethlehem. 
6. To send Christmas cards mindful of Him, the Infant Savior
not decorated only with candy canes, dogs, ribbons, and wreaths. 
7. To make room in my home for Him
with a Christmas Crib to remind me that He was born in a stable. 
8. During the Christmas season, in a special way, to honor Mary, His mother
who kept the first Christmas vigil beside the manger. 
9. To begin Christmas by leading my family to His altar
to receive the Bread of Life. 
10. Today and every day, to give "Glory to God in the highest"
to work and pray for "Peace on earth, to men of good will."

Nihil Obstat: Joseph A. M. Quigley, Censor Librorum 
Imprimatur, + John J Krol, D.D., J.C.D., Archbishop of Philadelphia, March, 1964
Prayer to the Infant Jesus 
Come to me, O Divine Savior, vouchsafe to be born in my heart. Grant that, taught by Thine example, and assisted by Thy grace, I may be poor in spirit and humble of heart. Keep me chaste and obedient. I wish to live but for Thee, and to do all things purely for love of Thee. 

O Mary, my Advocate and Mother, obtain by thy prayers forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance unto death. St. Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen. 

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