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Devotions

Christmas Novena Prayer

(Pray for 9 days, beginning Dec. 16th and ending on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th) 

mary-and-joseph-603772HEAVENLY Father, You made Christmas night radiant with the splendour of Jesus Christ our light.  I welcome Him as Lord, the true light of the world.  Bring me to the joy of His heavenly kingdom.

We are filled with the new light by the coming of Your Word among us.  May the light of faith shine in my words and actions.

Lord God, I praise You for creating man, and still more for restoring Him in Christ.  Your Son shares our weakness: may I share His glory.  Make me faithful to Your Word, that I may bring Your life to others.  He made me Your child.  May He welcome me into His Kingdom.

God of power and life, glory of all who believe in You, fill the world with Your splendour and show the nations the light of Your truth.  May the simple beauty of Jesus’ birth summon us always to love what is most deeply human and to see Your Word made flesh reflected in those whose lives we touch.

Father, in the wonder of the Incarnation Your eternal Word has brought to the eyes of faith a new and radiant vision of Your glory.  In Him we see You, our God, made visible and so are caught up in love of the God we cannot see.

At Christmas You fill our hearts with joy as we recognize in Christ the revelation of Your love.  No eye can see His glory as our God, yet now He is seen as one like us.  Christ is Your Son before all ages, yet now He is born in time.  He has come to lift up all things to Himself, to restore unity to creation, and to lead mankind from exile into Your heavenly Kingdom.

At Christmas in Jesus a new light has dawned upon the world: God has become one with man, and man has become one again with God.  Your eternal Word has taken upon Himself our human weakness, giving our mortal nature immortal value.  So marvellous is this oneness between You, our God, and man, that in Christ Man restores to man the gift of everlasting life.

For the love of Jesus, Your Divine Son, Who became Man for us, I beg of You, grant me rich graces during this joyful season of Christmas.  I ask especially for this favour: (Mention your request).

In honour of the birth of Jesus, grant what I ask if it be Your holy Will.  Amen.

From: Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., Treasury of Novenas (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1986), 31-32.    

Novena Prayer in Honour of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)1 

Immaculate Virgin Mary, you were pleasing in the sight of God from the first moment of your conception in the womb of your mother, St. Anne.  You were chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  I believe the teaching of Holy Mother the Church, that in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race and your beloved Son, you were preserved from all stain of original sin.  I thank God for this wonderful privilege and grace He bestowed upon you as I honour your Immaculate Conception.

Look graciously upon me as I implore this special favour: (Mention your request).

Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from your throne in heaven turn your eyes of pity upon me.  Filled with confidence in your goodness and power, I beg you to help me in this journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul.  I entrust myself entirely to you, that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may always live a humble and pure life.  I consecrate myself to you forever, for my only desire is to love your Divine Son Jesus.

Mary, since none of your devout servants has ever perished, may I, too, be saved.  Amen.

1 Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., Treasury of Novenas (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1986), 204-205.

Novena Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th)

My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena: [mention your request now].
I offer you this spiritual “Bouquet of Roses” because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God’s holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.