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.
Seventh Day of the Novena: O King of All Peoples
Let us be vigilant in prayer, exultant in praise and with the lamp lighted let us go and meet the Spouse who is to come.
Jesus of Nazareth, the Son promised by the Father, the King of all people, come! He does not show any human power, He has no wealth but He comes with the power of His love and His peace. His royal presence “is manifested by His silent and peaceful gift of His grace. God moves with gentleness in the core of the heart, and He leads to maturity the personal plan of everyone, following the pace and time, that He alone knows”. St. Annibale Maria addresses his fatherly invitation to each one of us: “be humble interiorly and exteriorly, take a strong resolution to fight against pride. The Lord will help you with His grace and He will come to you with infinite transport of Love” (cf. Writings of St. Annibale Maria Di Francia, vol.16, 24)
Let us invoke the longed for the Messiah with an ardent desire and let us dispose to welcome Him with docility and lively sentiments of active participation in His work of salvation and of peace. Mary, the Mother and Joseph the Just, will help us with their protection and they will give us the courage to welcome the Son of God, King of the people:
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 42: 1-4
Symbol: We plan to prepare the music for the stable of Bethlehem. It will be simple and loving music, pleasing the God of simplicity and love. It will be prepared ideally by reciting the litanies of a soul who lives by faith, giving and receiving forgiveness in the fraternal relationships. (The flute is brought to the altar.)
Prayer: Father of Holiness and God of Goodness and mercy, You do not leave us alone in our journeying of life. Renew our hearts so that we may be ready to welcome the coming of Your Son, whom You have given to us as our Brother and Redeemer. Amen.
Invocation: Let us repeat often during the day “My Jesus, what joy if I could give my life for you”.
Model of waiting: The Holy Innocents
They give witness to Christ not with words, but with their blood. We pray for all the martyrs who had given up their life as a witness of Christ. (United in Prayer pp. 92-94)