These three pairs of names can deepen your meditation on the mystery of the incarnation.
Think of all the names you will write this season on Christmas cards, gift tags, shopping lists, and party invitations. Most of us have multiple names over the length of our lifetimes: Nicknames from friends and family. New names taken in marriage or religious life. Versions of our given name that we prefer.
But how often do you pray with the many names of the one who gives this season its name?
Savior. Redeemer. Messiah. Prince of Peace. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. We can forget that these titles are short prayers in and of themselves, each a window through which we catch a glimpse of God. But meditating on the mysteries of Christ’s names can deepen our prayer throughout the Christmas season, from the nativity to the baptism of the Lord.
God knows all our names. God also knows us in the silence beyond all telling, calling us beloved beyond any earthly name. Christmas offers an invitation to enter into the sacred silence of communion with God where every word fades away in awe of what Christ did by becoming human to save us.
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Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and speaker whose nationally syndicated column for Catholic News Service runs monthly in Catholic newspapers across the United States. She has authored seven books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press). Find her work at laurakellyfanucci.com.
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