Advent/Christmas Preparation Prayers

The Advent/Christmas preparation prayers starts on November  30th on St.Andrew’s feast day till Christmas day.  Each day consists of the following prayers.

  • St.Andrews Christmas Prayer
  • Prayers to crown infant Jesus
  • Spiritual bouquet of flowers

St.Andrew’s Christmas Prayer

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.(Recite 15 times)

9 Hail Mary (Dec 1st – Dec 8th) to crown mother mary for the feast of Immaculate Conception.

Prayer to crown infant Jesus(recited daily Nov 30 – Dec 24)

Mother Mary, from all the offspring of the first parents, you were chosen to be the mother of god’s son.  Having received all the necessary graces, it was through these graces you did holy acts and made holy the womb in which you bore God with great joy.  As the day of delivering Christ into the world grew close, you desired to see him and to care for him.

Let me have that desire to look after and care for him on this holy day.  May I be worthy of that desire. By meditating on your preparations, let me also prepare to give worthy care.  Although the joy that infant Jesus had from your preparations, he should not have from mine. I pray that he will not despise my prayers to celebrate this holy day but rather take delight in it. I offer at your feet these prayers. I pray that you give ear to my wish and not leave it in vain.

  • Blessed be the moment in which Mother Mary was appointed to be the mother of the divine child. Give glory and praise God. (1 Glory Be, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be)
  • Blessed be the moment in which Mother Mary gave birth to the divine child. Give glory and praise God. (1 Glory Be, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be)
  • Blessed be the moment in which Mother Mary first caressed her divine child. Give glory and praise God. (1 Glory Be, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be)
  • Blessed be the moment in which Mother Mary first nursed her divine child. Give glory and praise God. (1 Glory Be, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be)

Divine Jesus, you were born as an infant for the salvation of humanity. When you came from the womb of the blessed mother into the manger, there all the miseries, afflictions, and hardships you experienced were turned to joy at the moment your holy mother caressed you with love. While meditating on this and the moment when you come from heaven into my heart in the Eucharist, I wish to adore and give glory to you as you desire to make reparation for your boundless humility.

I pray that you add my wish to the worthy care that your mother provided for you at the manger.  I’m not able to rightly add my wish, hence my sorrow for not having the worthy praise and adoration and the tears I shed from my desire to receive you in my heart.  

I believe you will completely help me in my needs without restriction because for the sake of your holy mother, accepting my prayer, you came into my heart disregarding its unworthiness.

 

Prayer for the last day of Preparation  (December 24)

Holy Mother of God, I pray that you make a crown with your hands for your divine son with the 1000 Hail Mary’s I prayed during this advent season and place it on him.  This offering that I brought to you, even if unworthy for acceptance I surely trust that since it is coming from your hands, it’ll be precious and dear to your divine son.  Therefore, when you crown the holy infant obtain from him a favor for me.  Intercede to your divine son, that instead of offending him even in small things or going my way without following his divine will, let me enter into heaven through a happy death. This is the favor that I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Holy Infant Jesus, have mercy on me.

Spiritual Bouquet of Flowers

Day 1 (Nov 30):  Lily flowers

Today I’ll gather lily flowers for you Jesus, offering my heart’s desire to love you the way your blessed Mother did.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please give me the purity of your blessed Mother Mary. (33 times)

Holy Act: Be loving to those who dislike you.

 

Day 2: Rose flowers

Today I’ll gather Rose flowers for Jesus by being meek and humble with others.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please give me your sweetness.  (33 times)

Holy Act : Speak with charity

 

Day 3: Arabic Jasmines

Today I’ll gather jasmine flowers by practicing sincerity in all my actions and words.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please give me your sincerity. (33 times)

Holy Act: follow all rules perfectly.

 

Day 4: Daisy flowers

Today I will gather daisy flower through my desire to receive Jesus in my heart

Aspiration: O my infant Jesus, increase in me the desire to receive you. (33 times)

Holy Act: Receive spiritual communion.

 

Day 5: Star Jasmine flowers

Today I will gather star jasmine flowers by enlivening in my heart the true love towards Jesus.

Aspiration: The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (33 times)

Action: 10 sacrifices of desire

 

Day 6: Dahlia flowers

Today I’ll gather dahlia flowers with sorrow for my sins.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, I’m sorry for my sins because they caused you to shed tears in your manger (33 times)

Holy Act: I’ll not talk during mass

 

Day 7: Zinnia flowers

Today I’ll gather zinnia flowers offering my desire for your coming along with the holy desires of your blessed mother.

Aspiration: Mary, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. (33 times)

Holy Act: Pray the magnificat/ Marian Visit(prayer attached).  attached.

 

Day 8: Lotus flowers

Today I’ll gather lotus flowers by often turning my heart lovingly towards Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please come; your manger, my heart, has been prepared for you. (33 times)

Holy Act: 33 Glory Be’s

 

Day 9: Hibiscus flowers

Today I’ll gather hibiscus flowers by offering my heart completely to Jesus.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please come; strengthen my soul, console my heart, let me always be yours. (33 times)

Holy Act: Practice internal stillness.

 

Day 10: Plumeria flowers

Today I’ll gather plumeria flowers through my ardent desire to make reparation in holy eucharist for the ingratitude of man to make room on earth for the creator to be born.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please come, make my poor heart your home. (33 times)

Holy Act: In front of Holy Eucharist, kneel and make the reparation litany.

 

Day 11: Peacock flowers

Today I’ll gather peacock flowers by performing all tasks including the most trivial ones with ardent love for God.

Aspiration: Oh Jesus, I love you! (33 times)

Holy Act: Be silent as much as possible.

 

Day 12: Golden shower flowers

Today I’ll gather golden shower flowers by disregarding my own opinions and submitting to others in everything.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, please give me your submissiveness. (33 times)

Holy Act: Do seven acts of humility.

 

Day 13: Globe Amaranth flowers

Today I’ll gather globe amaranth flowers for Jesus by calling him often with love.

Aspiration: Oh my Jesus, please come, make me yours. (33 times)

Holy Act: In my sitting and walking and in my behavior I’ll perfect discipline.

 

Day 14: Double Zinnia flowers (Abizinnia)

Today I’ll gather double zinnia flowers by actively doing acts of faith.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, increase my faith and love for you. (33 times)

Holy Act: seven holy eucharist visit (prayer attached)

 

Day 15: Begonia flowers

Today I’ll gather begonia flowers by praising god for all good dispositions he has given me.

Aspiration: Oh infant Jesus, please come, hasten to fill my heart with goodness. (33 times)

Holy Act: Do not make fun of others even playfully.

 

Day 16: Ixora flowers

Today I’ll gather Ixora flowers by doing all my tasks for love of Jesus.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, let me live only for you. (33 times)

Holy Act: Meditate 10 minutes about the week of incarnation.

 

Day 17: Forget me not flowers

Today I’ll gather forget me not flowers by constantly thinking about Jesus.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, kindly protect my desire to constantly think of you. (33 times)

Holy Act: Eat only at meal times.

 

Day 18: Wild Rose flowers

Today I’ll gather wild roses by renewing my good resolutions.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, give me the grace to be steadfast in my good resolutions until death. (33 times)

Holy Act: Do not lean today.

 

Day 19: Bougainvillea flowers

Today I’ll gather Bougainvillea flowers by reflecting on God’s immense love for humanity.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, fill me with your divine love. (33 times)

Holy Act: Spend 15 minutes before the blessed sacrament.

 

Day 20: Pancy flowers

Today I’ll gather pancy flowers by diverting my thoughts from material things.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, turn all thoughts of heart towards you. (33 times)

Holy Act: Talk only for the sake of submissiveness and charity.

 

Day 21: Verbena flowers

Today I’ll gather verbena flowers by desiring to love Jesus the way the saints and angels in heaven do.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, come console in my heart. (33 times)

Holy Act: Conversate only about spiritual things.

 

Day 22: Everlasting flowers

Today I’ll sprout spiritual everlasting flowers in my heart by turning my attention towards the divine light in the tabernacle.

Aspiration: Oh my sweet Jesus, I desire to shed my blood for you. (33 times)

Holy Act: Do not complain.

 

Day 23: Anemone flowers

Today I’ll gather anemone flowers by offering praises to God who willed to incarnate his divine son for the salvation of humanity.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, come to save us who rely on you, come fast. (33 times)

Holy Act: Holy Eucharist Visit( prayer attached) 3 times.

 

Day 24: Iris flowers

Today I’ll gather Iris flowers by trying my best to set afire my heart with God’s love.

Aspiration: Oh my infant Jesus, I offer you each movement of my heart. (33 times)

Holy Act: Do not drink water beyond meal times.

 

 

 

Marian Visit

 

My dearest mother, blessed mary I bow before you. I give you praise for all the good things you have given me heretofore. I entrust to you mys salvation and my refuge. Mother of all blessings, guide me in your care. Save me from all temptations. I pray to have true love towards your dear son Jesus. I trust that I will receive a happy death through your help.  My mother of mount carmel, through the love you have for God, always, especially at my last moment help me. Amen

 

Mary, our refuge, have pity on us.  (3 times)

 

Holy Eucharist Visit

 

My Jesus, I believe you are present in the holy eucharist. You who are most deserving of all love and adoration, I love you with all my heart and strength. I adore you. I desire to receive you. Come into my heart. Although I am unable to receive you through the sacrament now. Therefore spiritually come into my heart. Sweet Jesus, my love, my blessing, my life, please come. I receive you the way you came into my heart now and adore you. Jesus, my God, I love you above all things. Draw my poor heart to you, that desires to always be with you. I entrust to your hands, my soul, my body, my desires and my entire life.   My savior Jesus, receive me and guide me according to your will.  I’ll not complain against your direction. i believe all that you give me is for my good.  I’m willing to live with you and die with you. For love of you, I love others as myself. I forgive all those who have hurt me.  I ask forgiveness of all those whom I have hurt.  My god, help me. Give me the strength to avoid all occasions of sin and reject all evil thoughts.  When I suffer bodily and mentally, help me to seek relief and refuge in you.  Loving Jesus, live in me and guide me. Never allow me to leave you.  In all my affairs, let my intention be to please you.  O divine will, be my love.  

O sacrament most holy, O sacrament divine all praise and all thanksgiving me every moment thine. (3 times)

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