Christmas cards of St Josemaria
December 15, 2012
Wishing people a happy Christmas is a long-standing custom and very natural thing to do. Sending a written message if we are not going to meet face to face takes a little more time – but is a great way of keeping in touch with people and helps keep up the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas cards mean we can share with others the joy and happiness we feel at Christ’s birth.
Christmas photo 2: St Josemaria holding the Child Jesus, Rome, Christmas 1969
A Christmas card is also a printed memory, a sort of long-distance hug, and a contact full of good wishes for the person on the receiving end. As well as the printed greeting and Christmas wishes, the handwritten words and personal touch remain as something tangible.
To send people Christmas wishes with St Josemaria, you can download Christmas cards with photographs of St Josemaria, taken during Christmases 1968 and 1969.
Christmas card in pdf format for printing. Size 10x26cm
Download Christmas card 1 (printable version)
Download Christmas card 2 (printable version)
Pictures with a story
Fr Henry Hernandez, in his book The Christmas Crib that God Made, recalls the Christmases he spent with St Josemaria in a way that perfectly matches the photographs offered here. “When St Josemaria looked at the Baby his eyes were those of a mischievous and very loving child. I and many others learned from him that you can pray with your eyes, your imagination, your inventiveness, and even your dreams.”
Christmas photo 1: St Josemaria holding the Child Jesus. Rome, Christmas 1968
To include the same photos in emails with your own message, click here: (Photo 1) (Photo 2), or for audios of some of St Josemaria's favourite Christmas carols, click here (audios in Spanish, with English translations of the lyrics).