PRAYER: Christmas Novena (two of two)

Christmas Novena (2)

From Treasury of Novenas

Heavenly Father, you made Christmas night radiant with the splendor of Jesus Christ, our light.  I welcome him as Lord, the true light of the world.  Bring me to the joy of his heavenly kingdom.

We are filled with the new light by the coming of your word among us.  May the light of faith shine in my words and actions.

Lord God, I praise you for creating man, and still more for restoring him in Christ.  Your son shares our weakness: may I share his glory.  Make me faithful to your word, that I may bring your life to others.  He made me your child.  May he welcome me into his kingdom.

God of power and life, glory of all who believe in you, fill the world with your splendor and show the nations the light of your truth.  May the simple beauty of Jesus’s birth summon us always to love what is most deeply human and to see your word made flesh reflected in those whose lives we touch.

Father, in the wonder of the incarnation your eternal word has brought to the eyes of faith a new and radiant vision of your glory.  In him we see you, our God, made visible and so are caught up in love of the God we cannot see.

At Christmas you fill our hearts with joy as we recognize in Christ the revelation of your love.  No eye can see his glory as our God, yet now he is seen as one like us.  Christ is your son before all ages, yet now he is born in time.  He has come to lift up all things to himself, to restore unity to creation, and to lead mankind from exile into your heavenly kingdom.

At Christmas in Jesus a new light has dawned upon the world: God has become one with man, and man has become one again with God, your eternal word has taken upon himself our human weakness, giving our mortal nature immortal value.  So marvelous is this oneness between you, our God, and man, that in Christ man restores to man the gift of everlasting life.

For the love of Jesus, your divine son, who became man for us, I beg of you, grant me rich graces during this joyful season of Christmas.  I ask especially for this favor: (STATE REQUEST).

In honor of the birth of Jesus, grant what I ask if it be your holy will.

Amen.

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