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.
Advent is a time for looking within. Give some thought to which aspects of your spiritual life you hope will benefit from these days of reflection."Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths."
Forgiveness is an essential fruit of the spirit. Dear God, give us the strength to forgive and the courage to ask forgiveness."A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding; a Spirit of counsel and of strength; a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord."
Advent is a time for giving. Consider what small ways you can reach out in service to others during the coming weeks."Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"
St. Jude, help us grow in virtue this advent. We pray for a new year full of faith, hope, and love."Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock."
We devote ourselves to St. Jude, keeping him close to us in prayer. 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."
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. 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” to His call to faith."Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus."
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."Here is your God; he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you."
St. Jude offers us hope so we might share it with kindness and generosity. Be open to the difference this simple guideline can make in your perspective, too!"Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley.'"
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."Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.""
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."I am the Lord, your God, who grasps your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you.”"
Prayer is the foundation of our faith. Turn to God, who knows our needs before we even bring them to Him, and trust that our prayers never go unheard."I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea."
Is there an area of your life that is in need of healing? Let St. Jude know your need for guidance, insight, and hope."Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved."
Today we entrust those most in need to Christ’s compassion, hope, and healing. May St. Jude keep them in his care."Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations."
Throughout the world there is much turmoil. God, grant aid and peace to all people, and bless the Claretians in their ministries to help those in need."Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”"
We are gathered together in our love for St. Jude. We pray for our special intentions, through his intercession."I am Gabriel, who stands before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time."
Children await Christmas with blessed excitement. May God watch over them, and may they know His love throughout their lives."The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God."
God wants us to be fulfilled in our lives and become all that we were created to be. We turn to Him for the courage to take action toward that fulfillment."When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.""
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."Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.""
December 24th - Christmas Eve
Silent night, holy night. May we carry the calm and peace of the birth of Christ into the New Year."Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David."
December 25th - Christmas Day
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."For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.""