Note: These prayers, one for each day of the twelve-day Christmas season, in which my True Love is God, follow the pattern of that well-known 18th century English carol with a number of the days illumined by the observances of the Church calendar.
O gracious God, on this twelfth day of Christmastide, I pray in praise of Your Spirit-gift of anamnesis; a remembrance greater than mere recollection in the present of the past, but rather the calling into the present and claiming the power of the past.
By Your same Spirit, daily refashion my mind and my heart, my soul and my spirit, my being entire to be:
• Mary’s womb in which the Christ Child is borne and born;
• Galilee where Jesus walks and talks, preaches, teaches, and reaches out to the least, the last, and the lost;
• Calvary where Jesus is crucified, my sins nailing Him to the cross of his saving dying;
• the tomb of His dead body lying, His living body rising.
In a word, O gracious God, by Your same Spirit, make every day a Christmas Day of Your Son’s incarnate life made new in me.