January 3 Most Holy Name of Jesus

May the infant Jesus bless you, comfort you, reward you for what you are bearing for love of him, and make you holy…Let the trials be great; he who sends them to you is greater and more provident.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Jesus has chosen to show me the only way which leads to the Divine Furnace of love; it is the way of childlike self-surrender, the way of a child who sleeps, afraid of nothing, in its father’s arms.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Prayer for Devotion to the Holy Name

O Jesus, grant to me and those I love as well as to all the faithful the grace of eternal salvation through Your holy Name. Bestow on us a most ardent love for You that will imprint Your sacred Name upon our hearts. May it be always in our minds and frequently on our lips, that it may be our defense in temptation, our refuge in danger, and our consolation and support in the hour of our death.

Amen.

January 1 Mary, the Holy Mother of God World Day of Prayer for Peace

May it please the Mother of God to hear my prayer for you, which is that you may meet with even greater affronts, so that you may have the occasion of greater merit, provided that you can accept them with patience and consistency and without sin on the part of others, remembering the greater insults which Christ our Lord suffered for us.

-St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

December 25 Christmas

Desire nothing, refuse nothing. Look upon the little Jesus in the crib; He receives poverty, nakedness, the society of beasts, the inclemency of the weather, and all that His Father permits to happen to Him. It is not written that He ever reached out His hands to be lifted up into the bosom of His Mother. He abandoned Himself entirely to her care and her foresight. He did not refuse the little comforts she gave Him, and received the services of St. Joseph, the adoration and presents of the shepherds and the kings, all with a holy equanimity.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Prayer for Union with Christ

Lord Jesus, open our hearts to Your renewed coming. Help us to be conformed to You in a new birth. Cast out all fear, which shuts us up within ourselves, suffocates Your gifts, and prevents You from working in us Your perennial newness. Grant that we may always discern Your coming so that we may remain united with You and work out our salvation and the salvation of the world.

Amen.

 

Prayer to the Infant Jesus

O Lord Christ, You were pleased so to humble Yourself in Your incarnate Divinity and most sacred Humanity, as to be born in time and become a little Child.

Grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a Child, power in weakness, and majesty in humiliation.

Adoring Your humiliations on earth, may we contemplate Your glories in heaven, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign forever.

Amen.

December 23 St. John Kanty

Invisible in his own nature he became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp. Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Incapable of suffering as God, he did not refuse to be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, he chose to be subject to the laws of death.

-St. Leo the Great

 

O Antiphon

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

 

From the Blessing of a Nativity Scene

God of every nation and people, from the very beginning of creation you have made manifest your love: when our need for a Savior was great you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary. To our lives he brings joy and peace, justice, mercy, and love.

Lord bless all who look upon this manger; may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus, and raise our thoughts to him, who is God-with-us and Savior of all, and who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

December 22 St. Flavian

The Blessed Virgin intoned the Magnificat, knowing that to accomplish the plan of salvation for all mankind, the Lord willed to bring her, a simple maiden of his people, into association with it. We are here to intone our Magnificat, after the example of Mary, knowing that we have been summoned by God to a service of redemption and salvation, in spite of our inadequacy.

-St. John Paul II

 

O Antiphon

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

 

Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

December 18 St. Moses

Yet I do love a certain light, a certain voice, a certain odor, a certain food, a certain embrace for the Man within me, where His light, which no place can contain, floods into my soul; where He utters words that time does not speed away; where He sends forth an aroma that no wind can scatter; where He provides food that no eating can lessen; where He so clings that satiety does not sunder us. This is what I love when I love my God.

-St. Augustine

 

O Antiphon

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

 

Prayer of Confidence in the Immaculate Heart

Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation, with confidence I take refuge in your most loving heart. You shall be the dearest object of my love and veneration. I shall always have recourse to you who are the dispenser of the treasure of heaven, that I may have peace in my sorrows, light in my doubts, protection in dangers, and help in all my needs.

Be therefore my refuge, strength, and consolation, O Mary the Consoler. At the hour of my death, graciously received the last sighs of my heart and obtain for me a place in your heavenly home, where all hearts will praise with one accord the adorable Heart of Jesus as well as your most lovable heart forever. Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.

December 17 Lazarus

The Incarnation of the Son of God attests that God goes in search of man. Jesus speaks of this search as the finding of a lost sheep (cf. Lk 15:1-7). It is a search which begins in the heart of God and culminates in the Incarnation of the Word.

-St. John Paul II

 

Try to believe that your present state is a most singular grace from the divine Father; a grace which he grants you despite all your unworthiness.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

O Antiphon

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

 

Prayer for Christ’s Coming in Grace

O Lord Jesus, during this Advent come to us in Your grace. Come to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to welcome You on Christmas Day. Come to comfort us in sadness, to cheer us in loneliness, to refresh us in weariness, to buttress us in temptations, to lead us in doubt, and to exult with us in joy.

Amen.

December 14 St. John of Cross

It is noteworthy that any soul with authentic love cannot be satisfied until it really possesses God. Everything else not only fails to satisfy it but, as we said, increases the hunger and appetite to see him as he is. Every glimpse of the Beloved received through knowledge or feeling or any other communication (which is like a messenger bringing the soul news of who he is) further increases and awakens her appetite, like the crumbs given to someone who is famished.

-St. John of the Cross

 

Prayer to St. Joseph

O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all the days of my life. Therefore I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death.

Amen.

December 13 St. Lucy

In the messianic program of Christ, which is at the same time the program of the kingdom of God, suffering is present in the world in order to release love, in order to give birth to works of love toward neighbor, in order to transform the whole of human civilization into a “civilization of love.”

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer for Christ’s Triple Coming 

Lamb of God, You once came to rid the world of sin; cleanse me now of every stain of sin. Lord, You came to save what was lost; come once again with Your salvific power so that those You redeemed will not be punished. I have come to know You  in faith; may I have unending joy when You come again in glory.

Amen.

December 11 St. Damasus I

…like the prophet Habakkuk…They are tempted to cry out to the Lord in a different way: why does God not intervene when violence threatens his people; why does God let us see ruin and misery; why does God permit evil?…
And yet the prophet gives us an answer to our impatience: “If God delays, wait for him; he will surely come, he will not be late” (cf. Hab 2:3). A Polish proverb expresses the same conviction in another way: “God takes his time, but he is just.” Our waiting for God is never in vain. Every moment is our opportunity to model ourselves on Jesus Christ—to allow the power of the Gospel to transform our personal lives and our service to others, according to the spirit of the Beatitudes.

-St. John Paul II

 

Act of Hope

O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it, who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die.

Amen.