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Pray with St. Jude during Advent

Thank you for joining our community of devotion in prayer during this Advent season. St. Jude is there for us in our Advent preparation for the birth of Christ. As Christmas approaches, lighting the Advent wreath reminds us that God’s love for us is strong.

The Claretians will be praying for you this Advent season. We invite you to send your special intentions for Advent to the National Shrine of St. Jude today.

2017 First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent - Send your Advent petition.

December 4th

The Blessed Mother gave herself over freely to God’s will. May you discern God’s presence in your life so you can continue to say “yes” like Mary did.

"But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 5th

Advent is a time for giving. How can you give of yourself this week? Offer a brief prayer to those who are in need.

"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! Let us rejoice and be glad!"

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 6th

St. Jude, help us grow in virtue this Advent. We pray for a New Year full of faith, hope, and love.

"The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 7th

We devote ourselves to St. Jude, seeking his intercession for our challenges. St. Jude, we offer you all of our petitions with gratitude.

"The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 8th

Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Pray for the gift of a pure heart, and for her gentle guidance in times of temptation.

"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 9th

Forgiveness is an essential fruit of the spirit. Dear God, give us the strength to forgive and the courage to ask forgiveness.

"Here is your God; He comes with vindication; with divine recompense He comes to save you."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

2017 Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent - Send your Advent petition.

December 11th

Advent is a time for reflection. Give some thought to which aspects of your spiritual life you hope will benefit from these days of meditation.

"For over all, His glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 12th

Our Lady of Guadalupe offered Juan Diego miraculous roses in winter as a sign of her love for all people. May she protect and bless us as we celebrate her Feast today.

"The virgin shall be with child and bear a Son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us.'"

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 13th

Throughout the world there is much turmoil. God, bless the work of the Claretians so that they can share the hope of St. Jude with those who most need it.

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 14th

Is there an area of your life that is in need of healing? Let St. Jude know your need for guidance, insight, and hope.

"The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 15th

St. Jude offers us hope so we might share it with kindness and generosity. Consider how your gift-giving reveals God’s love.

"With God nothing will be impossible."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 16th

Jesus lived His mission to show through His actions that everyone is a beloved child of God. Pray that God will bless the Claretians as they follow in Christ’s ministry of service.

"You shall rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

2017 Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent - Send your Advent petition.

December 18th

Family is a special part of Christmas. May those who are away from their families feel the presence of God, and may all families experience His healing love.

"Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 19th

We are gathered together in our love for St. Jude. We pray for our special intentions through his intercession.

"He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from His mother's womb, and He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 20th

We may be busy with many things today, but we ground ourselves with quiet moments of prayer, allowing the joy of Christmas to flourish in our hearts.

"The world’s true light, the Lord, comes with power and might."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 21st

Think of the rejection Mary and Joseph faced when they were not received at the inn. Reflect on those who have rejected you in the past and forgive them now.

"And she gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 22nd

Let the Lord into your life. Spend some time in a quiet place with God today, and you will be surprised at the reward it will bring.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

December 23rd

Like Mary and Joseph who traveled to Bethlehem, say a prayer for those traveling this Christmas. May God keep them safe during their journeys.

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people."

Prayer to St. Jude for Advent
Lord Jesus, your power is infinite; your glory, everlasting. Quietly you come into the world as an innocent child. Ready my heart for the miracle of your birth.

Bring light to the world, as we wait silently for your warmth in the coldness of the night. Bless me with patience and faithful discipline to prayerfully prepare to welcome and greet you.

St. Jude, Patron of Hope, pray that Christ’s holiness will flow into me this Advent. May Christmas joy and burning love take root in me and grow to carry the joy beyond me and inspire hope in others. (send an Advent petition) Amen.

2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Send your Advent petition.

December 25th

Christ the Savior is born! As we celebrate in joyful gratitude with others around the world, we look for His continued presence in ourselves and others.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth."

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