Holy Child Parish Tijeras, New Mexico


DECEMBER PRAYERS - Advent & Christmas

America MaryThe Saint 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,
through the merits of Our Savior
Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother.

While a novena is normally a nine-day prayer, the term is sometimes used for any prayer that is repeated over a series of days. The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the "Christmas Novena" or the "Christmas Anticipation Prayer," because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30) until Christmas.

The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grand our request in honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. You can say the prayer all 15 times at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps 5 times at each meal). Prayed as a family, the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is a very good way to help focus the attention of your children on the Advent season.

First Week of Advent

Lord, the light I choose to let into my
life today is based on my trust in you.
It is a weak flame, but I so much desire
that it dispel a bit more darkness today.
Today, I just want to taste the longing I have for you.
Let this candle be my reminder today of my hope in your coming.

Lord God, I sense your power, your might and I stand in awe,
painfully aware of how poor and weak I am before you.

As I begin this Advent journey,
teach me to turn to you in my fear and sorrow.
I don't want to keep making my heart hard against you
turning a deaf ear to your invitation.

Only you can help me to soften,
to be like the clay in your gentle potter's hands.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

The Pardon Prayer of Fatima

My God, I believe, I adore, I love, and I trust You.
I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not love, and do not trust You.

He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse we did the same, repeating the words we heard him say the prayer. After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us, "Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you."
  - From Lucia's memoirs, composed under obedience to the Bishop

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
By the resurrection of your son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself never to be silent,
Never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes a nation
With liberty and justice not just for some but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen