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A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE CHRISTMAS NOVENA

A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE CHRISTMAS NOVENA

Christmas Novena

Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires (mention your request here).
Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 24:37-44)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 24:37-44)

First Sunday of Advent, Year A

Stay awake so that you may be ready.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.

‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’

V. The Gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 13:11-14)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING II (ROMANS 13:11-14)

First Sunday of Advent, Year A

Our salvation is near.

You know ‘the time’ has come; you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.

V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 121)

TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 121)

First Sunday of Advent, Year A

R. I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

 

I rejoiced when I heard them say:

‘Let us go to God’s house.’

And now our feet are standing

within your gates, O Jerusalem. (R.)

 

It is there that the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is

there to praise the Lord’s name.

There were set the thrones of judgement

of the house of David. (R.)

 

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

‘Peace be to your homes!

May peace reign in your walls,

in your palaces, peace!’ (R.)

 

For love of my brethren and friends

I say: ‘Peace upon you!’

For love of the house of the Lord

I will ask for your good. (R.)

 

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING I (ISAIAH 2:1-5)

TODAY’S BIBLE READING I (ISAIAH 2:1-5)

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

The Lord gathers all nations together into the eternal peace of God’s kingdom.

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In the days to come

the mountain of the Temple of the Lord

shall tower above the mountains

and be lifted higher than the hills.

All the nations will stream to it,

peoples without number will come to it, and they will say:

‘Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths; since the Law will go out from Zion, and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

He will wield authority over the nations

and adjucate between many peoples;

these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,

their spears into sickles.

Nation will not lift sword against nation,

there will be no more training for war.

 

O House of Jacob, come,

let us walk in the light of the Lord.

 

V. The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 

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CHRISTMAS: PRAYER TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE

CHRISTMAS: PRAYER TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE

O Lord,

we desire to live the birth of Your Son

in all its truth and riches.

We want to welcome the God who comes

to pitch His tent among us.

We wish to give thanks for so great a gift

and to begin a new life –

the life that You bestow on us

for our true happiness.

 

Help us to throw off all fear,

all laziness,

and all infidelity.

Everything is possible for us now,

since Jesus is born with and for us.

Amen.

 

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ADVENT PRAYER OF THE GREAT “O” ANTIPHONS

ADVENT PRAYER OF THE GREAT “O” ANTIPHONS

O Wisdom,

holy Word of God,

You rule all creation with power and true concern.

Come to teach us the way of salvation.

 

O sacred Lord,

and Leader of ancient Israel,

You communicated with Moses at the burning bush

and gave him the law on Mount Sinai.

Come to set us free by Your mighty arm.

 

O Root of Jesse,

raised up as a sign of all peoples,

in Your presence kings become mute

and the nations worship before You.

Come to deliver us and do not delay.

 

O Key of David,

and Royal Power of Israel,

You open what no one can shut,

and You shut what no one can open.

Come and deliver Your people

imprisoned by darkness and the shadows of death.

 

O Radiant Dawn,

You are the Brightness of eternal light

and the Sun of justice.

Come to enlighten those who sit in darkness

and in the shadow of death.

 

O King of the Gentiles

and the longed-for Ruler of the nations,

You are the cornerstone Who make all one.

Come and save those whom You have created.

 

O Emmanuel,

our King and our Lawgiver,

You are the Desired of the nations

and the Saviour of all people.

Come to save us, O Lord our God.

 

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