Christmas Novena, Day 4: The Sprout of Jesse

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.

Fourth Day of the Novena: The Sprout of Jesse

Vigilant in prayer, exultant in praise and with lamp lighted, let us go and meet the Spouse who is to come.

Day 4 - Lamps and blanket
Day 4 – Lamps and blanket

Advent is the time in which the mystery of God opens our eyes, and in universal amazement, salvation is offered to everyone. It is an opportune time for us to renew “our following of Christ” and to be able to have a glimpse of “new sprouts” in our existence. Let us open widely the heart to the wonder of life. The Lord comes in the humility and simplicity of a child and He invites us to be glad and to welcome. St. Annibale Maria says that Jesus with His coming “teaches patience, forgiveness for enemies, the choice of the last plate, love for the poor”. (Writings vol. 11, p. 110)

The hidden life of Mary and Joseph was rich in concrete actions of love. May they accompany us to welcome Jesus, the sprout of Jesse:

O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
O venerable St. Joseph,
we beg your help in preparing all the items needed
for he 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: (Isaiah 11: 1-4)

Symbol: The stable of Bethlehem we prepare a small blanket, adequately warm, made of feathers of doves. The blanket is prepared by acts of love towards those with whom we live with and by helping the poor.  (The blanket is brought to the altar.)

Prayer: O God, through Christ Your Son, you continue to create and give all that is good.  Make each one of us and all humanity a sign of your perennial coming on earth. Amen.

Invocation: We repeat often during the day: “O Mary my Mother, make me love Jesus with you”.

Day 4 - The angel and the shepherds
Day 4 – The angel and the shepherds*

Model of waiting: The shepherds

Vigilant at night upon the announcement of the Angel, the shepherds in Bethlehem became the first witnesses of the birth of Jesus. Let us learn from them to live the virtue of vigilance, most especially in the difficult times in our life. (United in Prayer, pp.83-85)

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