Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nativity Scene

Every year we put up a nativity scene. A coupleof times I put the whole thing up at once but usually I put up a little at a time. My son usually helps and decides who and where people go. This is how it worked out for us this year.
We started out with just the manger, the animals and the innkeeper. Here is that scene:

Since the Feast of the Annunciation we brought  in Mary, an angel and of course Joseph is living in same area. So here is how my son set up that scene:

And of course we have the angels waiting in the wing to announce to the shepherds:

And way off in the distance are the wise men beginning their journey:

On Christmas Eve, I will switch the Mary's because my old nativity scene Mary was not holding baby Jesus, as you notice. You probably also noticed she is much smaller than the angel. The statue of Mary that actually goes with the scene fits the size of every one else but she is holding baby Jesus.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain