On the evening of this day is the ‘Happy Night.’ Tomorrow is Christmas. We have reached the end of our preparation, it is time for celebration. The Virgin will give birth to the Son of God and will name him Jesus. Today is a day of thanksgiving because tonight we celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith, which is the fact that the Only Begotten Son of Almighty and Eternal God took on our human nature and became one of us. Today, we celebrate the center of history, God in our midst, giving us joy and peace with His presence and His love.
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: 1:67-79
The Gospel of the Lord
POINTS FOR MEDITATION
Go deeper into today’s gospel text, observe the song of praise of Zachariah after having regained his power of speech, and ask God for the grace to always remain faithful when favoured by God.
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, today the liturgy presents us with the song of Zechariah, which manifests what your love is, and your ways which are different from ours. You keep what you promise and do everything for love, our infidelity doesn’t count for you, but you continue to love us and be faithful, even without being loved. Lord, on this Holy Night, when we will celebrate Christmas, we ask You to help us appreciate what it means to have faith in You. May each of us renew our faith tonight, and may we never tire of thanking you, because you are a formidable and exceptional God, unique, full of love and tenderness, a God who does even the impossible to show how much he loves us. Lord, renew us in your love, fill us with joy like Your Most Holy Mother, and may the singing of angels flood our hearts and make us experience Your peace and joy. Lord, may we feel tonight the joy of heaven. Amen.
CONCRETE ATTITUDE (Christmas Challenge)
– Today is the ideal day to pardon that person who hurt you so much. Ask the Baby Jesus to grant you peace as you pardon the ills of another. In doing so, may love be greater than anything that has been experienced. May today be a day of joy and peace!
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
Great job praying Day 9! May the Baby Jesus hear our humble prayers. Amen.
©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?
I pray that there be peace, love, joy, and happiness in all families, as there was in that of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.
Thanks Padre for bringing our faith alive and uplifting us spiritually.
Thank you God for this awesome Novena in preparation for Christmas. I have never experienced the nearness of God as l am now. Thank you Padre for your labour of love in walking me through these mine days prior to Christmas!
May the Reason for the Season touch our lives and living so that parents may more seriously carry out their parental responsibility.
I glorify God Almighty for the grace to pray to end. May the peace of God Almighty be with us all amen. Thank you Jesus
May baby Jesus dwell in home and the hearts of every member of my family through Christ our Lord. Amen
May the Lord Bless all married couple seeking the fruit of the womb with the gift of children and let their joy be full in this season of celebration, Amen!
Amen and Amen
Divine Baby Jesus, in you we trust
May the Baby Jesus hear Our humble prayers …Amen.
Thank God for granting me the grace to complete this Nativity Novena, may the peace and joy this season brings fill my heart and my home Amen
Thank You Lord for being with us till the end of this novena. May all our petition and expectations come true according to the will of God on this holy night amen
Through the intercession of our blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our lord Jesus Christ, May we be reborn with him,Amen
Thank You JESUS………
Amen, thank You Lord for a successful Novena
Thank you Almighty Father for this novena. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph guardian of the Holy family grant us our heart desires and petitions in Jesus Precious name amen
May the birth of our lord Jesus christ brings joy, peace and tranquility to the world. Amen
Thank you Jesus for giving us the grace to finish this Christmas novena.
Dear infant Jesus, thank you for everything.
Thank you so much, Father Chinaka for this novena. I thank God I prayed it to the end. I pray God grants us all our intentions according to His divine will.
To our petitions and supplications let answers be speedily given
Thank you Father for this spiritual food. Amen.
Amen and Amen
May Baby Jesus remain in our hearts, our families and our country Nigeria to the glory of God Almighty.
May the birth of Christ Jesus, the King bring good health, protection, growth, safety and abundant grace upon all people of Good will this day and through eternity, Amen!
Baby Jesus, may your birth heal and make good whatever that’s hindering my brother Chukwuma and wife from having a live child be destroyed and be sent into the abyss, Amen.
Happy feast of the Nativity of our Lord
Amen. May the Almighty God bless all mothers and adult looking for the fruit of the womb with children in Jesus name, Amen. Thank you Jesus. Thanks Fr Chinaka. Merry Christmas in Advance.❤️.
May baby Jesus fill our hearts with the joy his nativity brings. May our faith be strengthened and may be faithful as we receive God’s favour. Amen.
Thank you, Padre for bringing my faith to life.
Infant True God, have mercy on us
Amen to all our prayers and petitions
May God grant answers to our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen
May the birth of Baby Jesus be a source of love and life to us all. Amen
May the Baby Jesus hear our humble prayers. Amen
May God grant us all our heart desires in Jesus Name. Amen
Our Lady Queen of our families, pray for us
Thank you Padre for taking us through this 9 days novena. May the pregnant Virgin and infant Jesus hear our humble prayer. Amen
We pray for married couples seeking the ‘fruit of the womb’, may the Preganant Blessed Virgin visit them. Amen
Amen and YES!
Thank you Jesus for you are the reason for the season