Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Christmas Rose Novena

The Christmas Novena to St. Therese begins today, 12 days before Christmas. One is to pray the novena 12 times per day for 12 days to honor the 12 years of Christ's childhood.

Last year, just weeks after having miscarried, I prayed this novena "asking God for a Christmas Rose for me in these my urgent needs, that I may experience an increase in faith, hope and confidence," particularly regarding my fears of another pregnancy... Little did I know that this year I would anxiously be awaiting the birth of our little "Christmas Rose!"


MYSTICAL ROSE NOVENA

Remember, O Gracious Little Rose Queen, your promise to spend your heaven in doing good on earth and even, if necessary, to come down to help those who ask your aid. If it is God's Holy Will, and my dispositions are pleasing to Him by their honesty and true desire for goodness, keep your promise to shower roses and send me some visible sign of your heavenly friendship for me and for those I love. In memory of the great interior enlightenment you received on a certain Christmas of your early life, ask God for a "Christmas Rose" for me in these my urgent needs, that I may experience an increase in faith, hope and confidence. (Meditate, here upon your petitions so that St. Therese can understand why your are asking her to assist you.) I desire to know and to accept real objective truth about life and death. Give me assurance that you understand and will remain my heavenly friend, so that one day we may be together with God. Keep your promise to give some answer! Amen.

St. Therese of Lisieux ~ Pray for us!

2 comments:

  1. Dear Jessica
    On my 3.day now,and it's so so beautiful.Thank you for sharing this and your story.You are such a blessing to me.Prayers and warm thoughts for you and baby Rose,
    ~Emma ~

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  2. I have really enjoyed clicking through each day to pray this Novena. One of my Advent intentions has already been answered (a friend is pregnant!) and the others . . . well, I have expected a slow progerss anyway and have turned it over to God long ago. Many blessings on your family in the coming year - Merry Christmas!

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