Christmas Novena – Day 1

Initial Prayer

It is with joy that we announce the message of Christmas: God became man, He came to live among us.

God is not far away: He is close. Furthermore, He is “Emmanuel”, God-with-us. He is not a stranger: He has a face, the face of Jesus.

Let us pray that this Christmas the face of Jesus may be contemplated by all families and by all men on earth.

Day 1

“Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us.” (Antiphon of the Christmas dawn Mass)

The liturgy of the Christmas Mass reminds us that the night has passed, the day is high, because the light that comes from the cave of Bethlehem shines upon us.

However, this is not a natural light, but a different one, a special and divine light. This light is pointed and directed towards “us”, to whom the child of Bethlehem was born.

This “Us” is the Church, the great universal family of those who believe in Christ, those who look forward to the Savior’s new birth, and celebrate the relevance of this event.

Closing Prayer

In the silence of that night in Bethlehem, Jesus was born and lovingly welcomed.

Who is ready to open their heart this Christmas?

Who watches, in the night of doubt and uncertainty, with a heart awake and in prayer?

Who awaits for the dawn of the new day, keeping the flame of faith lit?

Who has time to listen to His words and be fascinated by His love?

Christ comes to bring light to us. He comes to give us peace, too!

Yes, His message of peace is for everyone, it is for everyone who comes to offer himself as a sure hope of salvation.

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