Monday, December 19, 2011

Marianist Monday

The chorus led us in Evening Prayer during the service.
The Marianist Family gathered at Chaminade High School last evening for the Keep Christ in Christmas Vigil at the Creche. This prayer vigil was in celebration of the 250th Anniversary since the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Shared in the evening's prayer were these words of Blessed Chaminade:

Marianist Father Garrett Long presided at the Candlelight Vigil. 
St. Luke tells us that "When time came for her to have her child, she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and she laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." No sooner had the wonderful and most pure Mary savored the joy of holding in her arms the lovable and divine infant which she had just miraculously brought into the world; no sooner had she offered him to the Eternal Father, no sooner had the heavenly angels and glorious St. Joseph paid him the homage of their adoration than the Blessed Mother, prompted by the most high counsels of eternal wisdom, laid him in  manger,

"And she laid him in a manger."

Blessed Mary knew that Jesus Christ was coming as the spouse of souls, the king of love, the priest of the new alliance, and the teacher of the Church. Our Lady knew that the crib would be simultaneously the nuptial bed, the throne of grave and mercy, the altar of sacrifice, and the chair of truth.

"And she laid him in a manger."

Mary knew that no one would have a share of these chaste and divine espousals, of the graces of this king, of the offering of his sacrifice or the fruit of his wisdom unless her Son Jesus Christ lay in the manger. In her pure heart, the Blessed Virgin knew that only those who imitated the spirit in which Christ accepted the manger would be worthy of the promises of her newborn on. 

"And she laid him in a manger."