During the Christmas Novena, each day for 9 days we, the Daughters of Divine Zeal, do the following: Advent song, a reflection on the theme of the day, prayer to the Virgin Mary and to St. Joseph, Word from the Scripture and presentation of the symbol to be placed at the foot of the Altar.
Please feel welcome to join us in spirit and prayer.
Second Day of the Novena: Wisdom of the Father
Vigilant in prayer, exultant in praise and with lighted lamp, let us go and meet the Spouse who is to come.
We are called to contemplate in the Word the mystery of the wisdom of God. He comes into the world and reveals to us that “God is the Father, not only a Creator of the universe and mankind, but above all because He is eternally generated in His bosom, the Son, who is His Word, ‘the radiance of the glory of God and the very stamp of His nature'” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1992 n. 46). Christ the divine Wisdom, bows down to the fallen and deformed man because of sin, to restore to him the original beauty. His coming in our human condition has the purpose of making us participate in His Divine life that is sanctity, spiritual beauty, pure joy. St. Annibale Maria says: “Who is Wisdom? It is Jesus! All the riches are as dust before the preciousness of the name of Jesus. He alone is the Adorable Redeemer”(Writings of St. Annibale vol.13, p.29)
Let us turn to Mary and Joseph who have contemplated and adored the Messiah, and ask through their intercession, that we, too, together with all those entrusted to our apostolic care, may receive Jesus as the Wisdom of the Father:
O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
O venerable St. Joseph,
we beg your help in preparing all the items needed
for the coming birth of the Incarnate Word
in the stable of Bethlehem.
He desires to find hearts which
welcome, clothe, warm and comfort Him. (St. Annibale Maria)
Reading: Proverbs 8: 22-25, 30
Symbol: In The stable of Bethlehem we prepare a little mattress made of the purest wool of lambs without blemish, with an act of contrition and with the renewal of the Baptismal promises. (The mattress is brought to the altar.)
Prayer: O wisdom that inspires from the mouth of the Most high, come to recreate us and breathe still Your Spirit to man so that he will be restored to be Your living and integral image. Amen
Invocation: We repeat often during the day: “O Divine Infant, let me understand how much you love me”.
Model of waiting: St. Gabriel the Archangel
St. Gabriel the Archangel in the Gospel of Luke is the angel who announces the birth of the forerunner and that of Jesus the Redeemer Himself. Let us also learn to be messengers of peace and joy. (United in Prayer, pp.77-79)