On this sixth day of our Christmas novena, the Gospel of Luke recounts the visit to Elizabeth. Maria leaves hurriedly, without delay, to meet her cousin who needed help. The availability and detachment of the Virgin Mary are the attitudes that the Church proposes for us to meditate on this day. Let’s look back at Mary’s attitude to see how we are living with those who are beside us.
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: Luke 1: 39-45
The Gospel of the Lord
POINTS FOR MEDITATION
Go deeper into today’s gospel text, see the attitude of Maria and Elizabeth, what they did, what they said, how they related, etc..
PRAYER TO THE PREGNANT VIRGIN & SAINT JOSEPH
Oh 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.
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
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, when your Mother arrived at Elizabeth’s house, John leaped in her womb with joy and she made a profession of faith recognizing that it was you who was visiting her, she called her mother ‘The Mother of my Lord’. Now, we also want to give you a space in our life, we want you to come and have a special place. For this reason, Lord, we ask you to help us to become aware of the meaning of your birth, of the greatness of this mystery. Help us to value your gesture of love. May this Christmas be a time of profound recognition and thanksgiving for all that it means and for the Lord to be born in our midst. Give us the gift of valuing and recognizing your saving gesture by being born of a woman and being one of us. Help us to make YOU the center of our celebration this Christmas. Amen.
CONCRETE ATTITUDE (Christmas Challenge)
– Make some gesture or attitude of sensitivity and solidarity. Go to the people who really need some help, whether material or spiritual. Without being asked, let us offer our presence and our solidarity.
Dear Baby Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, You are descended from David, from Abraham; You have assumed our history, forming part of it. In the fullness of time, You wanted to be born of a woman and be one of us, to show us the great and beautiful value of having a Mother, a family, people of the same bloodline, with whom to share life, being loved and supported. Dear Baby Jesus, you who had a family, we beseech you to bless ours and grant that parents have feelings of self-giving, of love and affection, of interest and sensitivity, that they love each other and live for each other, and may this love be showered on the children at all times. Baby Jesus, bless every family and fill them with love and tenderness, as you had from your Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. 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
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?
Heavenly father, may you prosper the works of my hands and provide financial assistance for me to settle my debts and fulfill my needs. Amen
Divine Baby Jesus, in you we trust
Blessed Virgin Mary, your visit to Elizabeth confirmed the motherhood of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we also give room for your visit in our house so that our Lord Jesus Christ can be born in our hearts.
Dear baby Jesus, through the intercession of your pregnant mother and expectant father, grant me great sales this month, Amen.
Amen and Amen
From the snares of the evil one, deliver us O Infant Jesus!!?
Lord, help us to love fully, expressively, and generously. Giving our aspirations and hopes up to you as a living sacrifice. Let our lives honour you like Mama Maria. Amen
Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph guardian of the Holy family grant our intentions of assistance for those of us in financial difficulties, in debts and struggling to make ends meet that God Almighty will see us through in the name of Jesus Christ amen
Thank you Father and may God Almighty continue to bless you in his vineyard, Amen!
May the birth of Christ, the Anointed One, bring reliefs, financial assistant and destiny helpers to my Sister Ngozi Ogbonna and all desperate widows and needy people, Amen!
Thank you Lord for the gift of Mama Mary’s willingness to be used as the channel of our salvation. Amen
Amen and Amen
Prayer moves mountains may the word of God continue to dwell in our hearts
Blessed is She who believes that what God will bring to pass that which He has promised, amen
Thank you Jesus Christ for your word upon our lives
As we draw nearer to the commemoration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, may we also draw nearer and come to the realization of the Nativity of God that dwelt among us.
Oh our Lord Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, pray for us sinners.
Father I pray for financial assistance and blessings to be able to fulfill all my challenges and debts in Jesus name amen .please lord prosper the works of my hands.,and bless my business amen
In your Mercy O God, hear and answer our prayers
Amen. Thank you for today’s prayer points, it meets my prayer points.
Elizabeth harboured no jealousy towards Mary her kinswoman whom she was much older than. Instead, she acknowledged her as the mother of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
May Christ grant us the humility of Elizabeth and the cooperative nature of Mary.
May God hear and answer all our prayers and petitions. Amen
Lord Jesus Christ, please provide help For all of us in need of financial assistance; for all of us in debt, and also for all of us struggling to make ends meet and resolve our so many challenges and those of our families. Amen
May we like virgin Mary remember to visit our dear ones in this season of love
Thank you lord for coming to redeem us