Prayers for Placing Figures in a Nativity Scene
Placing of all animals in the manger scene:
Loving God, all of creation was present at your birth. The animals shared their very home and provided warmth so that you could become God with us. As we place our animals in our manger scene, may we always care for and respect all of your creation. Amen.
Placing of Shepherds:
Loving God, you bring dignity to all people recognizing they are created in your image and likeness. The shepherds were the first to come in haste to greet you. As we place these shepherds in our manger scene, may we always recognize the dignity and respect all people deserve. Amen
Placing of Joseph:
Loving God, Joseph accepted his vocation in life by listening to the angel and taking Mary into his home. As Joseph encountered many challenging circumstances he continued to guide and protect his Holy Family. As we place Joseph in the manger, bless and guide our circumstances in life so that we can be a Holy Family. Amen
Placing of Mary:
Loving God, Mary said yes to the Angel Gabriel, and carried Jesus your Son in her womb. As her yes brought forth a Savior, may we open our hearts and minds to say yes to your will in our lives. May our actions bring Christ into our world, just as Mary’s yes brought Jesus into the world. Amen.
Wisemen and Camels: (They can travel to the manger from Christmas to Epiphany if desired. A suggestion would be to have them travel from room to room until January 3, 2021 when we celebrate the Epiphany.) Loving God, the Wisemen traveled from afar to seek the child Jesus and brought gifts of great importance. Just as they looked for Jesus, help us to look for Jesus and offer him the gifts of our lives so that we can spread your message of hope and love. Amen.