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. Amen.
National Shrine of St. Jude Advent Meditations
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 pray with us each week of Advent with our National Shrine of St. Jude Advent Meditations.
Monday, December 4th
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.
Tuesday, December 5th
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!
Wednesday, December 6th
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.
Thursday, December 7th
In the last month of the year, consider the gift of time. Ask God for the grace and insight to use your time on earth wisely.
Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.
Friday, 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. 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.
Saturday, December 9th
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Juan Diego. 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.