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How did St Josemaria celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is a very special time. We share some memories of St. Josemaria and his love for the Christ Child and the Holy Family, and how he took care of the people who lived with him.

Talking to God

How to pray by the Crib like one of the people there

To contemplate the Birth of Jesus, you can download passages by St. Josemaría, in pdf, epub and kindle.

Articles and studies

The history of the Christmas Crib

From the beginning of December, many churches and Christian family homes put up a crèche or crib representing the birth of Jesus. Some shops and businesses do the same; it is a long-standing tradition that has become part of the culture of many different countries.

Multimedia

A Gospel Christmas Crib

A short Christmas video showing the different figures in the Crib, accompanied by parts of the Gospel narrative with a musical background. A charming source of ideas for making your own crib, and a source of inspiration for devotion and prayer at Christmas.

Audio

Carols with a story

Christmas 1947 was approaching. In a students’ hall of residence in Madrid, Spain, St Josemaria suggested to some young men in Opus Dei to compose or choose some popular carols they could sing in family get-togethers.

Talking to God

Advent

Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!

St Josemaria Escriva

Happy Birthday, Pope Francis!

Video. December 17th is Pope Francis' birthday. We made this video to show our affection and to say "Happy Birthday!"

Video testimonies

Running the family home

Video. (Digito Identidad). St Josemaría talks about how to go about creating a christian home in the DVD “Take a chance on happiness”.

Questions & Answers

14 Questions about the Family

Answers offered by St Josemaria to questions about love in the family, family conflicts, parent-child relationships, raising children, and faith in the family.

News

The Prelate of Opus Dei has a new Auxiliary Vicar, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz

The Prelate of Opus Dei has a new Auxiliary Vicar, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, and a new Vicar General, Msgr. Mariano Fazio.

News

Saxum, a peace project

Inspired by Saint Josemaria Escriva and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Saxum will help pilgrims to the Holy Land to enter into the life of Christ so that "we can close our eyes and contemplate his life, watching it like a movie".

Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

Spain

Jobs for three people

Two years ago my husband was dismissed by the firm he had worked in for 27 years. We have been fighting for his rights but so far with no success. Some months later, my son also lost his job. The situation was very difficult because, as well as this, my son-in-law had been unemployed for 5 years. Two weeks ago my son got a job in a company and a week later the same company had another job vacancy.

Spain

It came into my hands by chance

During the days of Don Alvaro del Portillo’s beatification, there came into my hands, quite by chance, a prayer-card of Saint Josemaria. It had been given to a friend in the hotel where we both worked.