December 12, 2017

The 2017 Christmas Novena Starts December 16th

There is no better time than to reflect on the most vulnerable of this world than during Advent and Christmas when we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comes to us as a small baby. The emphasis for this Christmas novena is honoring and protecting the the dignity of the human person, particularly the unborn. All human beings are made in the image and likeness of almighty God.

God's Love is Revealed in His Becoming Man.

Moreover, Advent also reminds us that Christ will come again at the conclusion of history, not as a helpless infant, but as a triumphant King and just Judge, at whose name every knee will bend. Jesus, Son of God, You have become man in order to make Yourself loved by men. But where is the love that men give You in return? You have given Your life to save us. Why then are we so unappreciative that, instead of repaying You with love, we spurn You with ingratitude? I myself more than others have thus ill treated You. But Your Passion is my hope. For the sake of that love which led You to take up our human nature and to die for me on the cross, please forgive me all the offenses that I have committed against You.

Christmas Novena Prayer - Day 1

O Lord, Word of God, You, whose glory is complete, came to us in perfect humility as a child in the womb. Your love for us and humility is unsurpassed and brings us to our knees in prayer and worship.

Your incarnation forever changed the world.

All Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and forever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Day one intention – Joy

O Lord, infant Jesus, fill us with Joy! The birth of any child is a cause for joy and so much more is the birth of You our Savior. We pray in union with Mary, Your mother, for a greater joy this Christmas as we wait in hope for your coming again at the end of time, for yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, the power and the glory.

O God, who gladden us year by year as we wait in hope for our redemption grant that, just as we joyfully welcome your Only Begotten Son as our Redeemer, we may also merit to face him confidently when he comes again as our Judge. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

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