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Catholic Prayer: Blessing of the Crib


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After enthroning the Christ Child in the crib and praying Christmas Eve Prayers, this is an optional Crib blessing that can be performed by the father or mother in the absence of a priest or deacon.


Father:Bless, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, this crib (he sprinkles it with holy water) which we have prepared in honor of the new birth in the flesh of Thine only begotten Son, that all who devoutly contemplate in this image the mystery of His Incarnation, may be filled with the light of His glory. Who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever.

Prayer Source: Twelve Days of Christmas, The by Elsa Chaney, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1955