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.
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."
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!"
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.'"
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."