A Christmas Message
The birth of Jesus changed the life of Joseph and Mary and continues to change the lives of his disciples. May the gift of his presence and his grace transform your hearts on Christmas Day and every day!
On behalf of resident priest Father Richard Jacobsen, seminarian intern Jeremias Inoc, pastoral assistant Susan Ciufo, liturgical assistant Nicholas Jamieson and administrative assistant Elizabeth Yeung, I extend prayerful good wishes to each and every St. Clement parishioner.
Monsignor Paul A. Zimmer – Pastor
Blessing of a Christmas Crib
It’s easy for children to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. So many things vie for their attention during the so-called “Holiday Season”. The gathering of a family to bless the Christmas Crib or Crèche keeps the focus where it belongs.... On the birth of Jesus.
Loving Father, bless us as we prepare this crib. Let it be a reminder of the Lord Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the City of David. May we adore him in company with the shepherds and praise him with the angel choirs. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christmas Tree Blessing
The family Christmas tree is closely associated with our celebration of the Lord’s Birthday. We keep that focus by gathering around it for prayer over the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Father, we praise you for the beauty of this tree.
May its ever-green branches remind us of your unending love, made visible at the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ.
May its lights illumine the darkness of the winter nights and lead us into his presence.
As we gather around this tree, we ask you to strengthen us in love.
May we always rejoice in the gift of salvation born among us on that first Christmas day.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!