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Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth

Continue along the Way of Mary and Joseph with Christ the King

8-Day Self-Directed Retreat


(This retreat I intially posted on Our Lady of the Way during Christmas week https://www.ourladyoftheway.org/post/birth-to-nazareth)

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary

Preparing for Your Self-Directed Retreat

Put aside a personal prayer time in the morning and the evening. The morning for the prayer reading and contemplation on these mysteries. In the Evening, in your reflection time review the morning’s mystery and the day's graces taking them into an Examen.

Guidelines for the Journey

Ignatian Prayer of Preparation

The Way of Imaginative Prayer

The Examen


The Desired Graces for the Retreat

For the Retreat we ask for the graces to expand our joy, and deepen our love as we come to experience the peace given within these mysteries.


You may have additional special graces you are desiring. Share them with the Lord.


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The Plan for Each Day


A. Beginning your prayer time: At the beginning each prayer period, offering yourself to the Lord. Prayer of “Take and Receive”


Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

Thou hast given all to me.

To Thee, O Lord, I return it.

All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.

Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.

Amen


Or consider writing your own offering of yourself, your thoughts , desires and actions ( your head, heart and hands).


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B. Read slowly the mystery and pray attentively using all of your faculties - faith and feelings - your interior senses, imagination, recall – as you pray with each section.


Reflection questions for consideration:

  • What do you sense were the experiences of Mary and Joseph that night; or the shepherds' and the Magi's visit?

  • The naming of Jesus - who was there Anne and Joachim Mary's parents, their reactions as grandparents?

  • At the presentation in the Temple imagine Anna's and Simeon's delights?

  • Sense the strength of Joseph as they traveled along the way and how they lived as refugees in Egypt?

  • What are your reactions of 'seeing' Mary and Joseph hearing the news of the slaughter of the innocences?

  • Imagine being present there along the way - what do you see, hear, touch, smell? Where are you on this journey?


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C. Close your prayer time with your own words ( a colloquy) followed by a vocal formal prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be).


D. At the end of each prayer period, note down your experiences on what were your insights, feelings, thoughts, images and memories that came up for you. Savor the graces.


E. In the Evening review the day’s events with an Examen and reflect on the graces of the morning’s prayer time affected your day. Savor the graces. Close this time with your own words.


F. Repetition for St. Ignatius is a way to deepen the graces received. If you have completed the Advent retreat, you will find 3 repetitions here.



The Mysteries


The gospels were written as an account of time past so we may know the truth.

Day 1 : Luke 2: 1-7 The Birth of Jesus

The Light of World in Peace


Day 2 : Luke 2: 8-20 Announcement to the Shepherds

Glory to God in the highest - Spreading the Good News


Day 3 : Matt 2: 1-12 Magi Visits the Messiah

Bringing Our Gifts


Day 4 : Luke 2:21 Naming of Christ

The names of our Lord Jesus

Day 5: Luke 2: 22-38 Presentation in the Temple

Those who were waiting


Day 6: Matt 2: 13-15 The Flight to Egypt

Obedience


Day 7: Matt 2: 16-18 The Massacre of the Infa

In Today's World


Day 8 : Matt 2 : 19-23 The Return from Egypt

Trust

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