Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop in what is today Turkey. He was famous for his generosity to the poor, protection of the wronged, and zeal for orthodoxy. He was also a prolific miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead.
O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. It is difficult for us to remember that this is a holy time. There are many distractions: commitments seem to pile up, and expectations are high. In the midst of our busy world, our busy lives, we need your help to remind us of what is important and necessary.
Prayer is an essential part of Advent. Reciting this special novena prayer each day is a simple yet beautiful way to celebrate the spiritual significance of the Advent season and to experience a deeper conversion to the heart of Jesus.
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORD PRAYERS “Almighty God, grant us the will to greet our Savior with our good works when He comes, so that we may be worthy to be on His right hand and possess the kingdom of heaven.” ~from In Conversation with God, Daily Meditations, Volume One: […]
The following blessing of the Advent wreath is taken from the Catholic Handbook of Prayers. Gather your household to pray this blessing together before the first candle is lighted on the first Sunday of Advent (this year November 27, 2016).
Father in Heaven, Creator of all, and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Place the creche in a prominent place in the home, perhaps next to your Advent wreath, and encourage children to make their spiritual gifts out of love for the Baby Jesus each day leading up to Christmas. For each small sacrifice or good deed done by a child during Advent, a piece of straw (or something that comparable that you can purchase at a craft store) is added into the manger or creche.
The way the Church has embarked on this spiritual journey, this pilgrimage of the heart, is through the daily Mass readings and the Divine Office. Reading the Daily Mass readings with your Roman Missal or the Divine Office with your own Liturgy of the Hours set are both great ways to celebrate the Advent season. But if you want more of a personal devotional to use, then Advent prayer books is what you’d want to choose. Here are three of the most popular choices for using a book for meditations and prayers this Advent season.
The month of November is dedicated to the memory of the Holy Souls, and their feast day is November 2nd. You can easily memorize this prayer and include it after each decade of the rosary during November, or any time of year you wish to remember the faithful departed among your family and friends.
We are inviting everyone to pray and sacrifice with us today, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, for our nation, for the outcome of our election, and for the transitional weeks and months ahead.