Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 08 December |
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Gerard Manley Hopkins’ ‘Christmas Prayer’ is perfect for your Christmas meal



Zoe Romanowsky - published on 12/25/18

Help your guests enter the real meaning of the season by reciting this beautiful prayer-poem.

A special way to welcome the great feast of Christmas is to recite a powerful poem or prayer during breakfast or your main celebratory meal. This short “Christmas Prayer” is both. Written by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest and English poet, it captures the wonder and beauty of Christmas, and invites us to place our hope in its promise.

Christmas Prayer, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Moonless darkness stands between.Past, the Past, no more be seen!But the Bethlehem star may lead meTo the sight of Him who freed meFrom the self that I have been.Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;Now beginning, and always,Now begin, on Christmas day.


Read more:
A simple prayer for Christmas day

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.