December 31 The Holy Family

Before allowing a single ray of hope to shine upon my soul, Our Lord made me endure another kind of martyrdom, which lasted three days, and it was not until then that I understood what Our Lady and St. Joseph suffered as they search the streets of Jerusalem for the Child Jesus. I seemed to be lost in some frightful desert, or like a little boat without a pilot, at the mercy of the storm-tossed waves. I knew that Jesus was there, asleep in my barque, but that night was so dark that I could not see Him.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Prayer for a Family

O dear Jesus, I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.

O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations.

Blessed St. Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Amen.

 

Te Deum

You are God: we praise you;
you are God; we acclaim you;
you are the eternal Father:
all creation worships you.
To you all Angels, all the powers of heavens,
cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of infinite unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that You will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own Blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name forever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
for we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope:
and we shall never hope in vain.

Amen.

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 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 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 7 St. Ambrose

In the midst of trials I will try to see the loving hand of God. Nothing is as constant as suffering—it always faithfully keeps the soul company. O Jesus, I will let no one surpass me in loving You!

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

…tame yourself to pains, as if you were always to live in them; you will find that when you think no more of your deliverance, God will think of it, and when you make no hurry about it, He will run to you.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

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 6 St. Nicholas

When I look around and see the poor suffering from social and emotional alienation, I understand how Christ can feel sad to see himself alienated in them. The alienation that the poor suffer is the alienation that Christ suffers.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

May the heavenly child always be at the center of your heart. May he sustain it, enlighten it, inspire it, and transform it to his eternal charity.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

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 3 St. Francis Xavier

There are people who make capital out of everything, even the winter. If it is cold, they offer their little sufferings to God.

-St. John Vianney

 

O humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye. How great and solemn is the time that gives us the chance to gather merits for eternal heaven! I understand how the saints made use of it.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

From the Blessing of an Advent Wreath

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

November 30 St. Andrew

The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas. I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus. She said to me: My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires (mention request here), through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother.

Amen.

Repeat 15 times a day from November 30 through December 24.

June 12 108 Polish Martyrs

“Holy discretion ordains that the soul should direct all her powers to My service with a manly zeal, and, that she should love her neighbor with such devotion that she should lay down a thousand times, if it were possible, the life of her body for the salvation of souls, enduring pains and torments so that her neighbor may have the life of grace, and giving her temporal substance for the profit and relief of his body.”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

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.