On the eighth day of our preparation for Christmas, on the eve of the Happy Night, the liturgy introduces us to the birth of John the Baptist. It is a passage that helps us to see the attitude of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who tried to be faithful to what the angel had commanded them, naming their son John. Just as Zechariah was dumb at the angel’s apparition, now his tongue is released to praise and bless the Lord.
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: 57-66
The Gospel of the Lord
POINTS FOR MEDITATION
Go deeper into today’s gospel text, observe the attitude of Elizabeth and Zechariah, in obeying the Lord and then praising Him.
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, Lord, seeing how You gave Zacariah and Elizabeth the grace to generate life, to be parents in their old age, and how they knew how to respond to the invitation You made to them. I ask You to bless every father and mother of families. May every father have the strength that Zacariah had, the faith and commitment of Joseph, and the disposition and openness of heart to be your instrument at all times, so that the children see an example and testimony in their parents. Also, Lord, fill the heart of every woman who is a mother, so that with Your tenderness and Your love, they can transmit the love You have for us. Make Lord, that our children find joy and happiness in the joy of Your children. May each family be a reflection of Your Family. May there be peace, love, joy, and happiness in all, as there was in yours. Amen.
CONCRETE ATTITUDE (Christmas Challenge)
– Make some gesture or attitude of sensitivity and generosity with a family that will be alone or aged with no one to take care of them, or that will lack a member. Invite them to pray tomorrow or to Christmas Mass. Be a presence for them.
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
©Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?
Thank you Jesus.
We pray that our intentions for today’s novena be answered according to God’s divine will and mercy.
Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that there be peace, love, joy, and happiness in all our families, as there was in yours. Amen.
May every home feel the tenderly joy you brought to Joseph and Mary through Christ our Lord. Amen
May God help me to be obedient always, and grant my heart desires, Amen.
May God bless the work of our hands and give us a means of livily hood Amen
O God come to our aid, O lord make haste to help us
Amen and Amen.
Thank God for the gift of life and sound health. Father, I pray for a Life Partner so I can form my own Family like St Joseph and Mother Mary, Zechariah and Elizabeth with the mercy of God, oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for me who has recourses to Thee
Oh God, I beg of you, give me a testimony that shock the whole world so they will see Your glory and glorify You my Father in Heaven.
Divine Infant, may the lessons of deciding to come through a family of husband and wife not be lost on us!!!?
May God give us the grace to obey his instructions as Elizabeth and Zechariah did in Jesus name Amen
Testimonies are meant to be treasured in the heart!
The holy spirit had opened my eyes to this
God works in marvelous ways and wonder!
Amen and Amen
I am in Love with this group,it has improved my prayer life.I now know the importance of prayer in our lives
Come Lord Jesus, come. We are waiting and desiring your presence and light. Bless our families, our friends, our work, and Nigeria with peace, justice, and love. Amen
This is Very beneficial and beautiful for the growth of the body and soul.
Thank You JESUS…….
Thank you lord for your mercy upon us.
Amen. May the Almighty God promote us in our jobs and also provide jobs for all those who are Unemployed, through the most blessed virgin Mary, st Joseph, and infant Jesus, Amen. Thanks Fr Chinaka. May the Almighty God continue to increase your anointing in Jesus name, Amen. Compliment of the season, Fr.
As neighbours and relatives came to rejoice with Elizabeth, may people come to rejoice with us before the end of this year
Baby King Christ Jesus, l present all hard working youths, especially my Girls, David Friday for a well paid jobs to help them take care of their needs and family.
Thank you Christ Jesus for those of us working, bless and prosper us in our jobs and keep safe from difficult and greedy Bosses, Amen!
Thank you Prince of peace for giving me joy, peace and gladness.
Thank you Padre Cjay. More grace strength, wisdom knowledge and understanding to continue to impart to our souls
May the the grant all families peace love joy and happiness during this season and always. Amen
Lord Jesus Christ, Lord, seeing how You gave Zacariah and Elizabeth the grace to generate life, to be parents in their old age, and how they knew how to respond to the invitation You made to them. I ask You to bless every father and mother of families with the grace of loving commitment and transmission of your merciful love to the world. May each family be a reflection of Your Family. May there be peace, love, joy, and happiness in all, as there was in yours. Amen.
May Our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph guardian of the Holy family through their intercession God grant our intentions in Jesus Precious name amen
May the almighty God grant our hearts desires, amen.
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.
Dear Lord, grant us the grace to say yes to all YOUR bidding, at all time
We offer a sacrifice of obedience and praise unto God like Zacharias and Elizabeth
May the coming of our Lord bring us peace in abundance amen
Reflecting on the life of Zechariah and Elizabeth, one can see how devoted and committed this couples were. They were advanced in age and at some point, one of the them became mute. If it was the people of our times, they’ll begin to call this couples names. Elizabeth would have been tag a witch. But they were still faithful. Unknown to people, God was working in the background for them. And in the end, God prove to be faithful and came through for them. I dedicate this Novena for those who have lost hope and fallen into despair, may… Read more »
From our sins, infant Jesus, deliver us. Amen
May all our petitions be answered through Christ our Lord, Amen and Amen