Video: Archbishop's Christmas Message and Prayer

A Wondrous Gift: Archbishop Smith's Christmas Message 2016 from Archdiocese of Edmonton on Vimeo.

We invite you to share this video and to pray this prayer, inspired by the meditations Pope Francis has offered us in his apostolic exhortatioin Amoris Laetitia.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families
may become schools of mercy,
where the sting of condemnation 
is replaced with the tenderness of forgiveness.

Joseph, husband and father,
grant that all men
see in women and children 
the dignity that is theirs, revealed in the light of Christ;
may they become heralds of kindness, virtue, and hope.

Mary, mother of God,
bless our mothers and sisters;
may they respond to Your Son’s call
to serve, protect and cherish all creation;
help them to be beacons of charity, life, and love.   

Jesus, Hope for all creation,
friend to the poor, the sick 
the lonely, the foreigner and prisoner, 
teach us to respect all human life,
at each stage and in every circumstance;

Jesus, Light of the world,
may our families, 
from generation to generation,
be schools of communion and love.
Through them, may the world know of Your peace.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
hear our prayer.