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.
Eighth Day of the Novena: O Emmanuel
Vigilant in prayer, exultant in praise and with the lamp lighted, let us go and meet the Spouse who is to come.
We are drawing closer to Christmas and it is good to invoke the Emmanuel, the God among us! Jesus with His Incarnation, He comes to share our own life, He makes us know the Father and He puts us in communion with Him and among us. The God who is near, in the form of a tender child, is also the strong God, the Redeemer who has won death and given us the courage to resist evil and enable us to make choices of life and true freedom. ” If God is for us, who can be against us?” St. Paul remind us: “who can separate us from the love of Christ?”(Romans 8: 35) St. Annibale Maria affirms: “A soul who loves God does not fear anything: is not afraid of perils, because he feels safe in the arms of God, is not afraid because love fortifies the spirit to resist, he is happy when he could offer patience to his divine love (cf. Writings of St. Annibale Maria Di Francia, vol. 16,116).
Christ the Emmanuel is always with us: let us learn to discover His presence in our heart, and to serve Him among the poor, among the abandoned children, among people who are living alone or the marginalized. The trustful attitude of Mary and Joseph helps us to welcome the Emmanuel and put all in Him our waiting:
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 35: 1-4
Symbol: We prepare a song for the stable of Bethlehem to be full of love. The song is ideally prepared by praying the Act of Love, and being gentle in treating others in all encounters. (The song is brought to the altar.)
Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, do not delay: Your coming gives comfort and hope to those who trust in Your loving mercy. You are God who lives and reigns with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever Amen.
Invocation: We repeat often during the day: “Without Your Love, O my Beloved Jesus, I wish to live no longer”.
Model of waiting: St. Anthony of Padua, Principal Patron of the Work
He is the messenger of the Gospel and the patron of the poor and the suffering. Let us entrust to him all the spiritual and material needs of our religious family. (United in Prayer, pp.95-97)