DAILY CATHOLIC          December 22, 1998    

Special Advent Novena Prayers

PRAYER & DEVOTION

ADVENT NOVENA PRAYER

        O Triune Divinity, we come to you through the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, and St. Joseph, her chaste, holy spouse. In this season of Advent we desire to obtain the grace of purity of intention, that through our obedience to Your Heavenly Will, we, too, can transform our poor, miserable lives into the resplendent stable at Bethlehem where You Only-begotten Son was born.
    Through the intercession of Mary, and all the hosts of Heaven, we beseech You, through the merits gained for us by Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son, to help us convert our hearts, to live the messages of Your Mother, and to ardently beseech You to bring about the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart now, that the Reign of the Sacred Heart might be upon the world.
    Heavenly Father, we trust in Your goodness and beseech You to hear us, not because of our worthiness, but because of our willingness to be Your little children who kneel in adoration to their God. Come, let us adore Him!

PRAYER for December 22: Fourth Tuesday of Advent

        O Mary, the journey is long, tedious. The road is crowded with others like yourself, going simply to be counted. No one realized you were the Mother of God, that you carried God in your womb, and that beside you walked the saintly man of faith St. Joseph. We ask both you and St. Joseph to be our companions in every step of our daily life, and as we approach the blessed hour in which Christ was born, may you open our hearts to receive Him, as you welcomed the poor shepherds who came to adore Him.

CHRISTMAS NOVENA (LAS POSADAS) PRAYERS

The earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has on record is the Christmas novena, which commemorates the nine months during which the Christ-child was carried in the womb of His Mother and coincides with the 16th century Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. This Christmas Novena carries an Indulgence of 7 years once on any day as taken from the "Blessed Be God" Prayer Book, 1959.

PRAYER for December 22: SEVENTH DAY OF LAS POSADAS

        O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

     
ADVENT NOVENA PRAYERS

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