1st Monday of Advent Holy Hour

Away in a Manger


Away in a manger,
No crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down his sweet head;
The stairs in the sky
Looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus,
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
No crying he makes;
I Love thee, Lord Jesus!
Look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle
Till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask the to stay
Close by me forever,
And love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children
In thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven
to live with thee there.








-First Meditation Point: “the little Lord Jesus” willingly takes on human form at its most vulnerable and dependent, that of newborn baby.  And yet He contains in Himself the infinity, omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience of God. How big are my problems? My sins? My fears and anxieties? And is my idea of who God is to and for me big enough to encompass and ultimately conquer those things that seem insurmountable?

            -Scripture to pray with: Job, chapter 38-42 

-Second Meditation Point: What else have I tried to conquer or cope with those things that haunt, hurt and hunt me?  Escapism in its forms: self-medication through food, drink, shopping, entertainment, internet? Do I use sarcasm, gossip and detraction to build up a façade of my false self? Have I truly taken the time to find the relevant teachings of Christ in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church to assist me in discovering and living the best and truest version of myself?

            -Scripture to pray with: Psalm 139; Jeremiah 18:1-8

-Third Meditation Point: Am I aware of the times when I feel close to God, Father, Son and Spirit and when I feel distant from Him? What circumstances and experiences in my daily life bring me closer to Him and which take me away from Him? Am I aware that God has something to say to me now?

            -Scripture to pray with: Psalm 51; John 15