Celebrate this Advent as an Advent for Life: Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe; Advent Prayer
Father Frank Pavone from Priests for Life invites each one of us to celebrate this Advent as an “Advent for Life” by saying the following prayer each day:
Prayer for Advent
God of Life, We rejoice in the promise of your coming.
You have sent your Son, born in Bethlehem. He is the Prince of Peace, and The one in whose name all oppression shall cease.
May we welcome his coming each day And prepare for his coming at the end of time. May we build a culture that welcomes him By welcoming every child, born and unborn.
We pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
He also invites us to pray the Our Lady of Guadalupe novena:
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Pro-life Movement. In preparation for her Feastday, Priests for Life invites all believers to join in a special novena for life from December 3 through 12th by saying the prayer below, indicating to us that you will be saying it, and getting as many others as possible to say it as well.
The image of Our Lady, given to St. Juan Diego (whose feast is Dec. 9), shows Mary as pregnant with Jesus. The Aztec Indians, among whom this image circulated, practiced human sacrifice because they believed the gods were against them. This image proclaimed the Gospel that “God is with us” (Emmanuel) and that therefore we can have the hope that gives us the courage to say “Yes” to life, just like Mary did.
In our day, the image is helping to end child sacrifice as it is brought to abortion facilities worldwide.
Novena Prayer for Life to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Life,
We honor you as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son,
The only Savior and hope of the world.
Renew our hope in him,
That we all may have the courage to say
Yes to life, And to defend those children in danger of abortion.
Give us your compassion
To reach out to those tempted to abort,
And to those suffering from a past abortion.
Lead us to the day when abortion
Will be a sad, past chapter in our history.
Keep us close to Jesus, the Life of the World,
Who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Read more about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the pro-life movement by reading Fr. Frank’s booklet on the topic.