After a lengthy hiatus, I am returning to this blog.
I learned about a Christmas tradition I did not know about. A co-worker mentioned that she and her family go to church each day for the nine days before Christmas (December 16 through December 24) as a novena. I have never said a novena before, and I thought now might be a good time to start. I looked up Christmas novenas and found two. One is Christmas Novena (often called St. Andrew's Christmas Novena). Another is based on the "O Antiphons" and the Liturgy of the Hours.
I wanted to write a Christmas Novena with a Eucharistic perspective, and so came up with the following:
Eucharistic Christmas Novena
Come, Lord Jesus.
Son of the living God,
You came in weakness, not in strength;
in poverty, not in wealth;
in servitude, not in dominion.
Mary gave You her flesh
that You might share in our humanity;
You give us Your flesh
that we might share in Your divinity.
Prepare in our hearts a crib
where love may be born anew this Christmas
and every time we receive You in the Eucharist.
I humbly ask that You grant my prayer,
if it be consistent with Your holy will,
love of my neighbor,
and the progress of my soul:
(make your request).
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