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.
Sixth Day of the Novena: O Star that Rises
Let us be vigilant in prayer, exultant in praise and with lamp lighted: let us go to meet the Spouse who is to come.
The Messiah, that the prophets have announced long ago, has come into the world as a Star that rises from the East, it reaches every man and banishes the darkness of sin. In revealing the face of God, He is the light that brightens the way towards the Father with the care and the power of love. The Holy Spirit poured in our heart binds us with him, it involves us, it communicates the same divine power of love to us, it is helps us change our heart profoundly, it transforms and it renews. St. Annibale Maria says: “Love is a very strong ardent fire that cannot be kept closed, it desires to be shared, and make use of its function. Jesus ardently desires to be born and longs to stay among men”. (cf. Writings of Annibale Maria di Francia, vol.15, p. 106).
He comes as a benevolent and merciful light to care and save man from sin. Be guided by Mary, Virgin Mother and by St. Joseph, her spouse, let us welcome Jesus, Sun of Justice:
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: Revelation 22: 16-17
Symbol: We prepare the fire and light in the stable of Bethlehem. The coal for the fire will be made of the same wood of the cradle. The fire and light we symbolically prepare by mortification in eating and drinking. ( The fire and light are brought to the altar.)
Prayer: Christ, the radiant Star of the Morning, Alpha and Omega of all things, You come and assumed our human flesh and make of Your body in glory. Amen
Invocation: We repeat often during the day: “O Sweetest Child Jesus, give me your heart and take mine”.
Model of waiting: The Angels of “Glory to God” on Christmas night
Their song never ceases to resound in the praise of the Church. Let us learn to celebrate with liturgy properly and let us live with responsibility and humility the Praying dimension of “Rogate”. (United in Prayer, pp.89-91)