This Christmas Novena has been a part of our family’s preparation for Christmas for over a decade now. We have a lot of liturgical living traditions in our home, but if I had to choose just one, I would say that this Novena has been the most meaningful of them all.
It includes beautiful prayers, Old and New Testament scripture readings, and an Advent hymn sing along with the traditional O Antiphons. It takes 15 or 20 minutes to finish, depending on the length of the readings.
New for 2019: the Christmas Novena is now available (and included here) in the original old school Douay Rheims version AND in an all new NABRE version.
This Novena is traditionally said from December 16-24. In our family, we usually start it a day early, because we often have had friends and neighbors join us, who have other obligations on Christmas Eve. And even on years when it’s just been our family, it’s nice to have an extra day, in case something comes up and we miss one.
Ideally, we start the prayers after dinner, with the house tidied and the kids in their jammies. We’ll say the Novena prayers, then read a story from our Advent/Christmas book stack, and have a little bedtime snack.
Non-ideally, we’ve sometimes done it at breakfast, in the car, over Facetime, in a not tidy house, and with a toddler sitting on a potty.
However we can make it happen, these nine days of prayer together really deepen Advent for us and help us to keep our focus where it belongs in the fun, crazy, beautiful days before Christmas.
You get two 40 page pdf files, that can be printed as individual pages, but I recommend opening the pdf in Adobe (there is a free version available for download here) and printing them as a booklets on 10 pieces of paper. For best results print on high quality paper (like 24 weight). Lighter weight paper will work, but there will be more show through from the back.
And in a Bundle for group/classroom use.
- November Booklet Bundle including 2-5 below
- Catholic All November Prayer Booklet
- Immaculate Conception Booklet
- Order for Visiting a Cemetery
- Prayer After Grace for November (Eternal Rest Prayer)
Novena composed by Rev. Charles Vachetta, C.M., in 1721
Bible readings are Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition
This adaptation is copyright Kendra Tierney 2018, all rights reserved.
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