Today Christ is Born

Praying with the Icon of the Holy Nativity

This Christmastime, join Br. James Koester anytime for an online multi-media presentation on praying with the Icon of the Nativity.

The first three videos offer a welcoming introduction on how to pray with icons.

Then explore five meditations on different parts of the icon, which can be watched in your own time. You might schedule a quiet retreat day to watch all five meditations together, or watch them over a period of several days.

We hope this offering will deepen your wonder in this sacred season.

Introduction
Three short videos of welcome as Br. James introduces how to pray with icons.

First Meditation: Star, Cave, Manger, Blessed Virgin Mary

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A short meditation on the centre of the icon, where we see the Star, Cave, Manger, and Blessed Virgin Mary.
Br. James' teaching is followed by 20 mins of silence, in which you are invited to gaze on the icon of the Nativity.

Second Meditation - Angels and Shepherds

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This teaching takes up perhaps the most familiar and loved part of the nativity imagery: the Angels and Shepherds.
Br. James' teaching is followed by 20 mins of silence, in which you are invited to gaze on the icon of the Nativity.

Third Meditation - Troubled Joseph

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We know from Matthew’s gospel that Joseph had his doubts, and this meditation takes up his role in the nativity story.
Br. James' teaching is followed by 20 mins of silence, in which you are invited to gaze on the icon of the Nativity.

Forth Meditation - Faithful Midwives

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This meditation introduces us to figures not included in the scriptural account, but who figure in the early Christian and iconographic traditions: the midwives! Br. James' teaching is followed by 20 mins of silence, in which you are invited to gaze on the icon of the Nativity.

Fifth Meditation - The Magi

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In this final meditation on the Nativity Icon, we come to the Magi, the wisemen on horseback. Br. James leaves us with that fascinating line from Matthew 2: 1-12: They left for their own country by another road. Br. James' teaching is followed by 20 mins of silence, in which you are invited to gaze on the icon of the Nativity.