CHRISTMAS (NATIVITY OF OUR LORD) NOVENA: DAY 1 (DECEMBER 16) – For Troubled homes/families

INTRODUCTION

The Nativity through St. Joseph's eyesToday, the Church begins the Christmas Novena. It is a special time within a special time, as is Advent. All these days are marked by the joyful expectation of the birth of Our Lord Jesus. It is advisable to prepare a little crib (if possible) or place the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and the Baby Jesus in our homes in order to aid our expectation for the birth of the Saviour. In these nine days, the Church exhorts us to focus more on the Lord, looking at the attitudes of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph and learning how to live according to the Father’s will from them. Dear friends, I now invite you to journey with me through these nine days in preparation for the Nativity of Christ. May these days of preparation for the birth of the Son of God in the flesh also help us to prepare our hearts for Him to be reborn in each one of us. – (Fr. Chinaka, OSJ)

OPENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Fr. Chinaka: Our help is in the name of the Lord
Participants: who made heaven and earth

Fr. Chinaka: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
Participants: As it was, in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

God of infinite goodness, who loved us so much and who gave us in your Son the best offer of your love, so that, incarnated and made our brother in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, we would be adopted as sons and daughters of God. We give you thanks for such an immense benefit, and we offer you back, Lord, the sincere effort to make this your world and ours, a fairer world, more faithful to the great commandment to love one another as brothers and sisters. Grant us, Lord, your help to be able to accomplish it. We ask that this Christmas, a feast of peace and joy, be a stimulus for our community so that, living as brothers and sisters, we seek more and more the paths of truth, justice, love, and peace. (You may add your private petitions here) Amen.

SCRIPTURAL READING/MEDITATION: Matthew 21: 28-32

At that time, Jesus said to them: What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

The Gospel of the Lord

POINTS FOR MEDITATION

Go deeper into today’s gospel text, and contemplate the meaning of the parable of the two sons and its application in our lives in this Advent season. See through the gospel text and see yourself not as a spectator, but as a participant in the scene. Have a personal and direct relationship with the characters, and sincerely imagine where you belong between the two brothers.

PRAYER TO THE PREGNANT VIRGIN & SAINT JOSEPH

An Expectant Mary – TheologyisaverbOh Virgin Mother, we are beginning to prepare for your Son’s Nativity. We want to be with you to accompany you in these last days of your pregnancy. To share with you the joy that you feel in these moments, and thus learn from you how to correspond to the Lord, how to act according to his will, so that we may find joy, peace, and fulfillment in your Son, of the life that only He can give us. O Blessed Virgin and Mother, intercede for each one of us, ask your Son to help us live these days with the joy that you had in those moments of your Son’s birth. Amen. Important Lessons for Christmas from “The Sleeping Saint Joseph” – The Best Catholic

Blessed Saint Joseph, husband of Mary and father of the Baby Jesus, you were chosen by the Almighty Father to be the Father and Guardian of His choicest Treasure, Christ our Redeemer, in the home of Nazareth. Help the fathers of families; may they always be in the home the image of the heavenly father, following your examples; may they fulfill the great responsibility of educating and forming their children, giving them, with a continuous effort, the best of themselves. Help children to understand and appreciate the unselfish efforts of their parents. Saint Joseph, husband, and father, intercede for us. Amen.

Pray 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, and 1 Glory be, seeking the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, while at the same time, contemplating on their “YES” in the mystery of Salvation (cf. Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:19-24)

LITANY OF THE INFANT JESUS

(Short invocations)

Divine Baby Jesus, Bless us
Our Judge, forgive us
Well of Kindness, Feed Our Faith
Our hope, Sustain us
Our Protector, Defend us
Source of Our life, Refresh us
Alpha and Omega, stay with us
Divine Baby Jesus, in you we trust

LET US PRAY: Lord Jesus Christ, as we begin this journey towards Your Nativity, we ask that You help us so that, by celebrating Your birth, each one of us can draw closer to You. May we renew ourselves in Your Word, may we be sincere and authentic with ourselves, may the Lord give us the grace to leave everything that separates us from You, and may we have the courage to recognize what is wrong and know how to take the step towards conversion, trusting and relying on your unfailing grace. Lord, pour into each of us Your grace and Your love so that we may know how to respond to Your love and come to You with a sincere heart. Lord, help us to return to You. It helps us to live what is essential, what gives us true happiness. Lord, make us live a Christmas full of Your presence and Your love. Amen

CONCRETE ATTITUDE (Christmas Challenge)

– Make gestures of charity and solidarity with a person or family in need, seeking that others also have a good Christmas.

CONCLUDING PRAYER/BLESSING

A Prayer to Jesus in the MangerDear Baby Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, we long to see you, we are waiting for you, we are preparing for your Christmas, and we want this to be ours too. In this sense, today’s meditation presents us with the parable of the two sons, showing us what our attitude and our relationship with you should be. You show us that faith is not a matter of knowing things, but of living and doing what You ask of us. In these days before Christmas, help us to be sincere with ourselves, to know how to see and talk as a family, what is not right, what is dividing us, and what is wearing out love. Dear Baby Jesus, grant us the grace to know how to let go of what doesn’t make us happy and what hurts others. Help us that, in Your Christmas, we renew ourselves and know how to start over, that we have the courage to live what You ask of us, that we live the new life that You bring us and thus be able to celebrate a different Christmas, full of love and peace, of tenderness and joy like yours. Amen.

Fr. Chinaka: The Lord be with you
Participants: And with your Spirit

Through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, may the Baby Jesus (Christ Our Lord) born in a stable at Bethlehem, bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Fr. Chinaka: Peace be with you
Participants: And with your Spirit

Shalom!
©Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today? 

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Rose
Rose
1 year ago

Thank you Padre, I pray for Divine fruitfulness Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

Amen.
O infant Jesus, Pray for me, my husband and my children.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
1 year ago

Infant Jesus hear us, Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 year ago

As free will is a gift of God’s love to man so also is Christmas. How we spend our christmas matters! Whatever you do let’s love lead. May the infant Jesus, St Joseph and his s

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael Umande

May the infant Jesus, St Joseph and his spouse Mary make this Christmas a fruitful and memorable one. Amen

Mabelmary
Mabelmary
1 year ago

Infant Jesus pray for us

Josiah
Josiah
1 year ago

Amen

Doris Okoh
Doris Okoh
2 months ago

Lord heal all troubled homes

Nkechi Oki
Nkechi Oki
2 months ago

Dearest baby Jesus, bring peace into my home and family . Amen

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
2 months ago

Infant Jesus ,provide and bless us

Emejuru Doris oluchi
Emejuru Doris oluchi
2 months ago

Amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
2 months ago

Amen

Cordelia Offor
Cordelia Offor
2 months ago

May Holy Infant Jesus bless and protect us always amen.

Joy Ebereonu
Joy Ebereonu
2 months ago

Grant us oh Lord the grace to wait with joy like our mother Mary and st. Joseph, teach us to live above every fear as we await for the manifestation of your promises in our lives in Jesus Name Amen.

Obiageli Uwakwe
Obiageli Uwakwe
2 months ago

It is so good to pray this Novena and for the first time, I understand that if I do not obey God’s word I am like the first son who answered the Father that he would go and work in the farm but failed to do so. God help me to continue to be faithful to you and do your perfect will at all times in Jesus precious Name I pray. Amen.

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
2 months ago

Jesus my lord,
Have mercy on me.

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
2 months ago

Through the intercession of our blessed virgin Mary and St Joseph may be baby our lord Jesus Christ bless and protect us Amen

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
2 months ago

May the Lord bless us in this Novena through Christ our Lord Amen.

Victorious
Victorious
2 months ago

Lord Jesus help us. Amen

Obainoke Jane Akhere
Obainoke Jane Akhere
2 months ago

May the Lord grant my heart desires.Through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen

Rumeh
Rumeh
2 months ago

Jesus,Mary and Joseph pray for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
2 months ago

Holy Family, make our families like unto Thine.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
2 months ago

May the coming of Christ bring forth transformation, reengineering of our lives, usher us into a new stage in our lives, may the Lords’ Face and Light shine upon our lives and may our prayers be granted to the greater glory of God and through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen and Amen.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
2 months ago

I am richly blessed to be part of this group, I wonder what my prayer life would have been. I am eternally grateful to you Rev. Fr. Chinaka.

Isioma Okolo
Isioma Okolo
2 months ago

Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
2 months ago

Thank you, St Joseph for accepting to the spouse of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus.
Thank you, Mother Mary for accepting to bear Jesus.
Thank you, Lord Jesus for accepting to come in flesh for my sake.

#821. Done. Blessing Thompson
#821. Done. Blessing Thompson
2 months ago

Amen

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
2 months ago

Infant Jesus pray for us

Adaora
Adaora
2 months ago

Amen

Pius Victoria Ndidiamaka
Pius Victoria Ndidiamaka
2 months ago

St. Joseph my spiritual father and my mother the blessed virgin Mary, I greet you. Please teach my family and I how to love and do the will of Christ your beloved Son. Amen .

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
2 months ago

You are Blessed Padré

Ezeugwu Eucharia #G63 Done
Ezeugwu Eucharia #G63 Done
2 months ago

Divine baby Jesus, in you we trust.

MARYPRECIOUS
MARYPRECIOUS
2 months ago

Divine Infant Jesus, bless and favour us, Amen.

Jacy Maria Egbeh
Jacy Maria Egbeh
2 months ago

May the holy family intercede for us Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
2 months ago

Jesus ,Mary and Joseph, I love you, save souls

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
2 months ago

Thanks and God bless you Fr Chinaka for our spiritual upbringing, may God continue to strengthen you Amen . May this last novena prayer for the year 2023, bring to fulfillment the answers to all my prayer requests presented at the Altar of the Most High God ljn

Anayochukwu blessing
Anayochukwu blessing
2 months ago

Divine baby Jesus bless us

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
2 months ago

O Infant Jesus pray for healing upon family especially my husband

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
2 months ago

Lord, grant help to various homes that needs you and also help us to live our lives serving you like the first son.

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
2 months ago

Divine baby Jesus, bless us.
Our judge, forgive us.Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
2 months ago

Amen

Benedicta Wiggle
Benedicta Wiggle
2 months ago

Our Lady, as we prepare for the birth of Christ through this novena, help us to become as humble as Christ.

IDOKO JOHN
IDOKO JOHN
2 months ago

May our Lord Baby Jesus prepare us for his birth, provide for us and our families for his celebration Amen.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
2 months ago

May the Lord Jesus Christ born in a stable, bless, guide, lead , direct and protect us Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
2 months ago

Amen!!!

Agnes Hanmaikyur
Agnes Hanmaikyur
2 months ago

Come Lord Jesus; we eagerly await your Christmas. Virgin Mary, pray for us; St Joseph, pray for us. Amen.

Ifeoma Ugiomoh
Ifeoma Ugiomoh
2 months ago

Holy infant Jesus bless and protect us Amen.
Please provide for those who are finding life so difficult Amen

Philomena
Philomena
2 months ago

May all troubled families be united through the birth of Jesus. May there be love and mutual respect for each other so that we celebrate Christmas with joy and happiness. Amen
Thank you Fr. You are blessed.

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
2 months ago

Amen

Mary Marie
Mary Marie
2 months ago

Our Protector: Defend Us

Nancy
Nancy
2 months ago

Help us Lord that, in Your Christmas, we renew ourselves and know how to start over, that we have the courage to live what You ask of us, that we live the new life that You bring us and thus be able to celebrate a different Christmas, full of love and peace, of tenderness and joy like yours. Amen.

Sts. Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Baby Jesus, we trust in you.

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