We pray the Christmas Novena as we prepare for the coming of our Lord on Christmas! As we reflect on His birth, we will also pray for a greater respect for the dignity of human life everywhere.
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world…Let us…discover anew the humility and courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to life. May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions and goals inspired by the civilization of life and love.”
St. John Paul II
This novena is built around what we usually refer to as the Great Antiphons of Advent, a series of scriptural titles addressed to Christ, the newborn king and the titles given to Christ in Luke’s account of the Annunciation. Together they seem to sum up our Advent longing for Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
16th December: Jesus, the Wisdom of God
17th December: Jesus, Lord and Ruler of all
18th December: Jesus, Root of Jesse
19th December: Jesus, Key of David
20th December: Jesus, Dawn of the East
21st December: Jesus, King of the Gentiles
22nd December: Jesus, Emmanuel
23rd December: Jesus, Son of the Most High
24th December: Jesus, Son of God