It’s a Christmas Eve family tradition in our house to bless the tree just after gathering for the festivities that begin the celebration of the Birth of Jesus. Blessing the Creche comes later, after the youngest among us has carried the Babe from his hiding place on the porch and placed him gently in the manger.
This year, we’ll use two prayers from an Advent handbook Father Ian Trammell, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton, made available to his parishioners. It was a good find for me and a great joy to be able to share them with you.
Blessing of a Christmas Tree
God of all creation, we praise you for this tree which brings beauty and memories and the promise of life to our home. May your blessing be upon all who gather around this tree, all who keep the Christmas festival by its lights. We wait for the coming of the Christ, the days of ever lasting justice and peace. You are our God, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen
Blessing of the Christmas Creche
God of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and animals, bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene. Through all the days of Christmas, may these figures tell the story of how humans, angels and animals found the Christ in this poor place. Fill our hosue with hospitality, joy, gentleness and thanksgiving. And guide our steps in the way of peace. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.