Dear Nativity Families,

The days are difficult as we move through the current health crisis of Coronavirus. In part it is difficult because we miss seeing each other, visiting with each other, sharing the stories of our lives with each other, with at least 6 feet of distance between each other.

However, we don’t want to lose spiritual contact with one another. As the Angelus bells ring at 6:00 am, 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm in a language understood both in heaven and on earth, the bells ring to invite us to stop and pray and be spiritually in connection with one another.

We offer the following prayers for your use and through this prayer, give strength to one another and allow God’s grace to heal us and our world.

THE ANGELUS
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary…
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to your Word.
Hail Mary…
V/. And the Word was made flesh,
R/. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…
V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we gathered at morning Mass the other day, prior to the canceling of all Masses, we prayed for all of us – for peace, for reduction of fear, for health and for health professionals. The following words from our opening hymn is an additional prayer I offer you now:

Be still, my soul – the Lord is on thy side!
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide-
In every change he faithful will remain.
Be still my soul –best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul – thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past;
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake-
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul – the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Sincerely,

Fr. Paul