Advent Day 22: Creatures of Our God and King

O great mystery
that animals should see
the newborn Lord
lying in their manger.
-Magnum Mysterium

Tradition says that not only humans shared in the glory of Christ's birth; animals, too, were present. Many Christian churches honor animals as part of God's creation.

Merry Christmas for Man's Best Friend
An elderly man gives his beloved dog the greatest Christmas present he can--a new home.

Christmas Come Alive
St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, is credited with popularizing Nativity reenactments.
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