Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Eve Homily Prayer
“O Mighty God, You have appeared as a child and You have revealed Yourself to us as the One who Loves us, the One through whom Love will Triumph. And you have shown us that we must be Peacemakers with You. We love Your childish estate, Your powerlessness, but we suffer from the continuing presence of violence in the world, and so we also ask You: ‘Manifest your power, O God.’ In this time of ours, in this world of ours, cause the oppressors’ rods, the cloaks rolled in blood and the footgear of battle to be burned, so that Your Peace may Triumph in this world of ours.” Amen.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said 12/24/2011: “It seems to me that a deeper truth is revealed here, which should touch our hearts on this holy night: if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness. We must follow the interior path of Saint Francis – the path leading to that ultimate outward and inward simplicity which enables the heart to see. We must bend down, spiritually we must as it were go on foot, in order to pass through the portal of faith and encounter the God who is so different from our prejudices and opinions – the God who conceals himself in the humility of a newborn baby. In this spirit let us celebrate the liturgy of the holy night, let us strip away our fixation on what is material, on what can be measured and grasped. Let us allow ourselves to be made simple by the God who reveals himself to the simple of heart. And let us also pray especially at this hour for all who have to celebrate Christmas in poverty, in suffering, as migrants, that a ray of God’s kindness may shine upon them, that they – and we – may be touched by the kindness that God chose to bring into the world through the birth of his Son in a stable. Amen”