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Day 7 – Saturday, December 8th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Listen to audio recording here:
Have you ever waited for a baby to be born? Maybe it was your cousin, or your friend’s little brother or sister, or if you’re really lucky, maybe it was your brother or sister! Well, it’s not always easy to wait for something special, is it?
In the Gospel today, we hear about the mystery of the Annunciation. The Annunciation is the story of when Mary found out she was going to have a baby boy! At the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel was sent to Nazareth to speak with Mary. The angel said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you!”
And that is the reason why when we say the Hail Mary prayer, we begin with those same exact words! We say to Mary in that prayer, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!” Did you know that the Hail Mary prayer echoes the words of an angel? That’s pretty special, isn’t it?
Well Mary was a very special woman. And she is our Mother in Heaven. When the angel told Mary that she would have a son, and that nothing would be impossible for God, Mary said that she was going to do God’s will! That means, that she was going to do whatever God asked of her to do. And we should all be like Mary and do this, too! All of us should try to do God’s will in our lives.
Waiting for Jesus to come again is a little bit like waiting for a baby to be born. We know that He is coming, and we wait on earth in the joyful hope that Jesus will bring us into Heaven. Have you ever been excited for a big vacation? Well, Heaven is going to be more wonderful than all the vacations you could ever take in the whole world! All of us on earth are waiting now to be born into eternal life. But, we have to wait here for Jesus, and we have to take some time now to share His love with everyone in the whole world.
- Have you ever waited for a baby to be born? Who was it? What was it like to wait?
- Do you remember the story of when you were born? Ask your parents to tell you about that special day when you came into the world!
- Should we share God’s love just with some people or with everyone in the whole world?
Since we are in the season of Advent, we are remembering the very special time when Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus in her womb. This is a wonderful time to sing a special song to Mary to honor and thank her for being Jesus’ mother! You can sing along, and if possible, have the father trace a cross on each child’s head with holy water. This would be a great time to light your Advent candles if you have not done so already.
In Heaven, the blessed thy glory proclaim;
On earth, we thy children invoke thy fair name!
Ave, ave, ave Maria! Ave, ave, ave Maria!
Let’s say all three prayers that we learned for our Divine Mercy Chaplet again today!
- Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, thy dearly beloved Son, in atonement for our sins, and for those of the whole world.
- For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
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