Dear Nativity Community:

I hope you all are doing well and had a great albeit different Easter. I truly missed celebrating the resurrection of our Lord with all of you this year. I hope you will take some time to visit the church building to see the beautiful Easter flowers and take a candle for your prayer at home.  Starting this week I will be including “WEEKLY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE RISEN CHRIST”. 

The Weekly Encounters are intended for use in your Domestic Church during the Fifty Days of Easter.  The order of prayer provided is the same week to week, with a different Gospel account of the Risen Lord’s appearance to his disciples, and to us.  Each week, now through Pentecost, a new encounter will be proclaimed and prayed. 

In “praying the Encounters” a visual is always helpful.  It is suggested that the household come together and create a mosaic, or some other art form, to depict the scene described in the Gospel passage.  Your imagination and creativity are the only limits.  What would the Encounter of the Myrrh-Bearing Women look like?  Three figures, each with a jar of perfume standing before an open tomb?  You decide, and create.  Once created, give this artwork a place of honor where your household prays.

It is also helpful, before praying the Encounters to assign a leader of prayer, a reader of Scripture, and any roles – maybe a leader of song!  Prepare the Scripture passage to be proclaimed beforehand in your household Bible, as well.  Each Encounter’s Gospel citation will be posted weekly on the Parish Website, the Parish/School Newsletter, the on-line Bulletin, and other communications. This week’s Weekly Encounter can be downloaded at https://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates/weekly-encounters/.

We are continuing to post updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus in the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates you can also contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org if you have any questions.

Please continue to pray for all those afflicted by illness and those who are working to prevent the spread. This won’t last forever; we will get through this. 

Sincerely, 

Fr. Paul