My Xmas Novena, Day One… Dec 16

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So, I am keeping a novena for Christmas… a nine day prayer routine that starts today and goes thru Christmas Eve. I’ll share some of it with you along the way. The following will be part of the daily prayer plus the day’s anitphon…

Novena in Preparation for Christmas 

“O Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sake didst vouchsafe to descend from thy throne of glory to this world of pain and sorrow; who wast conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, and was made Man; Make, we beseech thee, our hearts a fit habitation for thyself. Beautify and fill them with all spiritual graces, and possess them wholly by thy power. Give us grace to prepare for thy coming with great humility, to receive thee with burning love, and to hold thee fast with a firm faith; that we may never leave thee or forsake thee. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.”

Daily Antiphon, December 16

“O shepherd that rulest Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep: Come to guide and comfort us.”

All from the St. Augustine Prayer Book,
pgs. 311-312 

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