Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“Let your goodness Lord appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it.

In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens through the clouds to the earth below.

You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries.”

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)



  1. While looking for inspiring illustrations regarding the Annunciation of Mary I discovered St Bernard of Clairvaux’s Nativity Prayer and I plan to share it with our Methodist congregation this week, with proper citation of course. Thank you for posting it.

    Grace and Peace,


    1. Doug, I hope St. Bernard’s words are helpful to your congregation. I really like his description of the baby and the reminder that strength is found in love not size.

      Advent blessings, Mike+


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