Christmas Novena

Hi folks! I thought I’d give our dear Cindy a hand and post this for her. I’m saying mine for all those poor victims in Newtown Connecticut. I happen to live one town over, about eight miles from that terrible site. We are all just devastated here. I cringe just seeing all the buildings behind the national press, knowing them all so well. Our traditional priest is going to offer the Requiem for them on Monday.

Anyway, here are the novena prayers and some info I found about it. I did not know that the Christmas Novena was the oldest one on record.

Cindy, if you or anyone have further prayers they want to add to this, please help, and thank you! We love you and miss you!

NOVENA FOR CHRISTMAS

December 16
O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 17
O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 18
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 19
O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 20
O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 21
O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 22
O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 23
O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

December 24
O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

(Indulgence of 7 years once on any day.)

[From “Blessed Be God” prayer book, 1959]
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THE GREATER ANTIPHONS

Seven of these verses have been traditionally said or sung as part of the Divine Office at Vespers for over 1400 years. The Divine Office is:

“the service of prayer and praise, psalms, lessons, hymns, etc., ancillary to and distinct from the sacrifice of the Mass, which all priests and certain other clerics are obliged to recite daily, which is said or sung in choir by monks, friars, many nuns and some others, and in which the laity are exhorted to take part according to their ability and opportunity.’
– “A Catholic Dictionary”, Attwater (1954)

These seven verses are also known as The “O” Antiphons (or The Great O’s) because each begins with that interjection. They are said in conjunction with 5 psalms at Vespers beginning on December 17th.

The boundless desire for the coming of Christ which is the characteristic
of Advent is expressed in the liturgy with an insistence which grows
greater as we draw nearer to Christmas. This longing for the coming of
Christ is seen most poetically in these “O” Antiphons.

They embody the profound poignancy with which all creation waits for God’s presence in Jesus Christ. They express the longing felt for the coming of the Messiah by the patriarchs, the prophets and all the Jewish people including Mary.

December 17: O Wisdom (O Sapientia)…..come
18: O Adonai (O Adonai)…..come
19: O Root of Jesse (O Radix)…..come
20: O Key of David (O Clavis)…..come
21: O Radiant Dawn (O Oriens)…..come
22: O King of the Nations (O Rex Gentium)…..come
23: O Emmanuel (O God-with-us)…..come

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The first antiphon translated:

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: come, ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, who camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.
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The antiphons are all addressed to Jesus, using the Latin words:
Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel.

It is interesting to note that the first letters in order are:
S A R C O R E

We don’t know who discovered this but, in reversed order, separated into two words, they are:

ERO CRAS

Which translated means:

I WILL BE, TOMORROW.

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14 comments on “Christmas Novena

  1. December 16
    O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)
    Also being offered for the victims in Newton, CT.

  2. Day 2

    December 17th
    O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  3. From the Papastronsay site:

    It is not certain that the “Way of Bethlehem” was written by Our Holy Father St Alphonsus, but tradition has always ascribed it to him, and in our most small Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer the devotion has always held a special place of honour.

    This year in order to help our Friends know and love these beautiful prayers we have arranged the 12 stations as little images for the 12 days preceding Christmas.

    Each image shows a “Bambino” or “Niño” which in some way expresses the mystery described in the station.

    Some of them bear very lovely names “Infant of Great-Sorrow”, “Infant Nazarene”, “Infant of the Four-Winds” etc.

    Most of all we hope that they remind you each day that Heaven is Sweet, Heaven in Near, And …may Jesus Bambino be your Heaven this coming Christmas.

    Veni Domine et noli tardare!
    Come O Lord, and tarry not!

    Station V – 17 December Jesus is Circumcised

    Consider that the Infant Jesus, eight days after
    His birth, showed Himself to be even then our
    Saviour, by shedding for us His Divine Blood in
    the Circumcision (we recall this in the 4th of the Joyful Mysteries)

    O most merciful Infant God, I give Thee thanks; and
    I beseech Thee, by the pain which Thou didst feel, and
    by the blood which Thou didst shed in Thy Circumcision,
    grant me grace and power to pluck out of my heart,
    and to cast from it, all earthly affections. O my sweetest
    love, I am sorry that I have offended Thee. I desire to be
    always faithful in Thy service; enkindle in me Thy love; make
    me chaste and holy. O Mary, grant that I may belong entirely
    to thee and to they Son, Jesus. [St Alphonsus]

    the other stations can be found here:
    www.papastronsay.blogspot.co.uk/

    If someone knows how to load the beautiful images of the stations yet to come would be nice.

  4. Day 3

    December 18
    O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  5. Day 4

    December 19
    O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  6. Day 5

    December 20
    O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  7. Day 6

    December 21
    O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  8. Day 7

    December 22
    O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

  9. zuzu, God bless your sweet heart.
    I’ve been away for 2 weeks and then just got my computer out of repairs.
    I tried to pm you but my pm system won’t work.

  10. Day 8

    December 23
    O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

    I’ve always wanted to pm you and Catherine too, who was good enough to pm me when you had your stroke. There’s so many things I’ve always wanted to talk to you about. It was my joy to help you!

  11. And day 9

    A Most Blessed Christmas to you all dear friends!

    December 24
    O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

    • A most Blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year to you dear zuzu, Mr. zuzu, Bilba Birdie, and all our AQ friends!

      zuzu, I just discovered if we go to the dashboard and look under users, our email address is there.
      I will email you after Christmas dear lady…..if my computer behaves.

  12. Prayed on December 16.
    O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come to guide and comfort us. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

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