The
Nativity



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Golden Crown The precious gift of gold symbolizes the royal power of the Infant King. There had been no true King in Israel for some time, but here hidden in a manger lay the true King of all, God Himself made man.

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FrankincenseThis costly gift symbolizes the divinity of the Christ child.  Burning incense, with its pleasant aroma and billowing smoke, is offered to God as a symbol of all the prayers offered up to Him.

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MyrrhThis vessel contains myrrh, which is a symbol of death because of its use in anointing bodies of the dead in preparation for burial. In giving this gift to the child, it foreshadowed the death Jesus would undergo for us in the future.

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MangerA manger is a large wooden box to hold food for animals. Concerning Jesus, the Gospel of Matthew says that Mary “laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” This is a sign of the poverty into which Jesus entered so as to save His people.

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Wise MenThe wise men are traditionally named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They were among the first to honor Israel’s newborn Messiah, though they were not from Israel themselves.  Before their journey to Bethlehem, they asked Herod, “Where is He Who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” They show how Jesus is the King come to save all the nations.

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Saint JosephSaint Joseph obeyed the angel who told him, “Do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” He honored Mary and Jesus with great love and reverence, and cared for them all through the rest of his life.  He is an example of faith for us, as we also should not be afraid to take Mary and Jesus into our own lives.

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MaryWe heard long ago from the prophet Isaiah that “a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Mary is the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy and is also the woman the world has been waiting for since God foretold her back in Genesis: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.” Mary’s faithful acceptance of God’s will for her to be the Mother of God opened up the way of salvation to all.

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Swaddling clothesIn the Gospel of Luke, the angel tells the Shepherds that “this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” When they do find the baby Jesus, they see that Mary has indeed wrapped him in these cloths to keep Him warm.  These cloths also point forward to the shroud which Mary would wrap Jesus in at His death—a death which would redeem us all.

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