Thursday, December 13, 2012

Take the Christmas Pledge!

      My Christmas Pledge with Prayer to the Infant Jesus
I Promise . . .
1
. 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
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who gave to the poor in honor of Christ. 
5. To help one poor family
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in honor of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Bethlehem. 
6. To send Christmas cards mindful of Him, the Infant Savior
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not decorated only with candy canes, dogs, ribbons, and wreaths. 
7. To make room in my home for Him
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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
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who kept the first Christmas vigil beside the manger. 
9. To begin Christmas by leading my family to His altar
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to receive the Bread of Life. 
10. Today and every day, to give "Glory to God in the highest"
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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. 
WITH ECCLESIASTICAL APPROBATION 

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