Praying the Christmas Prayers of the Mystics

Shared by Joe Colletti in Pasadena, CA under

Mysticism is a passionate love affair between the mystic and God that fuels the hopes and dreams of a better society not just for oneself but for all of us. Such passion has been expressed in prayers by mystics that are known to us today. The inclusive language is often intimate, sweet, and tender while in intercessory communion with a loving God.

In his “Nativity Prayer,” St. Bernard of Clairvaux affectionately prays

Caress us with Your tiny hands,
embrace us with Your tiny arms and
pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries.

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St. Gertrude the Great, in her prayer entitled “Greetings to the Child Jesus,” is equally sweet, tender, and intimate as she opens with

Hail, most loving little Jesus, sweetest love, far above all created love!
I greet Thee, and in the desires of all Christendom I embrace Thee.
Hail, most charming little Jesus, noble Child of Nazareth,
full rose of Jericho, blooming flower from Heaven!
Draw our hearts to Thyself and refresh
them with Thy sweetness.

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You are encouraged to pray these prayers with the same tender, sweet, and intimate spirit expressed by these mystics while in intercessory communion with a loving and caring God whom you can ask to caress and embrace us and to pierce our hearts and draw our hearts to be refreshed with thy sweetness.

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