The Maryland Province would like to wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We have prepared a selection of Christmas prayers which can be used for reflective prayer and during celebratory gatherings.
For a moment we are there, too.
The baby, so precious, so vulnerable
Stares at us with a knowing look.
And stares beyond us
Past the foreboding cross.
Obscurity, the silence of night
Peace and good will
The background lullaby.
Mary and Joseph lean upon each other.
A doting shepherd, a humbled king
Touch the infant’s face.
Now it’s our turn.
We touch the face of God.
The Jesuit Prayer Team
Today true peace came down
to us from heaven.
Today the whole earth was filled
with heaven’s sweetness.
Today a new day dawns,
the day of our redemption,
prepared by God from ages past,
The beginning of our never ending gladness.
Responsory from the Liturgy of the Hours for the Christmas season
O Lord, you have come
to us as a small child,
but you have brought us
the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love.
Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms,
and pierce our hearts with
your soft, sweet cries.
Dec. 16, 2019 - The Church of St. Francis Xavier recently held a Lessons and Carols concert. The parish filmed and live-streamed the event. We invite you to watch the archived stream of the full concert.
Nov. 18, 2019 - Each year on Dec. 3, Jesuits worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, who was sent to the East by St. Ignatius as a missionary and would travel to India as well as Japan. Dec. 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for people to support organizations like our Jesuit province.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.