TO INFANT JESUS
THEMES - THE PARABLES OF JESUS
(First Day of Novena Missing)
DAY OF NOVENA
The theme Friend At Midnight (Lk 11:1-13) indicates urgency and need on the
part of a desperate man whose friend has come at midnight. At the surface
level we are made to think that this is going to be an impossible task for
the man to get bread at midnight, but insistence makes the baker get up and
give bread because his neighbour would not stop asking and disturbing him.
Dear friends, today's theme inspires us to continue to pray to Infant Jesus
in spite of our prayers at times are not being answered. Certainly, God has
a plan and will listen to us and provide us everything we need. Let us pray
for the grace of perseverance during this Holy Eucharist.
Lord hear our Prayer
for all those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, that the Lord may
hear their prayers. Your Response.
our prayers are not answered, we feel desperate. We today pray for the
grace of perseverance so that we never give up.
pray for all those who are sick, that they may never despair, rather grow
in faith and trust in the Lord. Your Response
Today we also pray for all those who have taken a wrong path because their
prayers were not heard, that the Lord may bring them back to the Church.
place all our personal needs, that we may surrender our intentions,
petitions in the hands of the Lord. Your Response
Third Day of Novena
Talents are precious gifts from God. We need to use them for our good
and good of others. Today as we reflect on this parable of the Talents, let
us think for a while if we have used these talents for the good of our
family, for the good of our neighbours and of our society. If we are selfish
and lazy we will not use them rather we will try to exploit others. Talents
keep us working for God's kingdom. During this novena, let us pray to Infant
Jesus to give us the strength to use our precious gifts for his Glory here
Response: Lord Hear Our Prayers
pray for all those talented in various fields, like sports, music and art,
to use their gifts in the service of God and mankind. Let us pray to the
pray for our children so that they may not waste their time and talents,
rather use them for their own growth and progress. Let us pray to the
pray for all the teachers and professors to encourage their students, to
make best use of their gifts for the benefit of the society. Let us pray
to the Lord.
Today in a very special way we pray for parents, so that they may not act
in partiality towards their children. Let them obtain that wisdom to look
after their children in an equal manner.
us pray for our local, personal and parish needs, so that we all may
contribute our share towards common good. Let us pray to the Lord.
Priest Says Let Us Pray..
Fourth Day of Novena
Today we reflect
on the parable of the sower, where we encounter the sower, seed, the act of
sowing and the type of soil and ground the seed finds. God is the sower, and
we are the ground, to be specific our hearts and minds are the ground. Jesus
appeals to us that we need to be open to God's word and nurture his spirit.
Let us pray during this Holy Eucharist that God may give us the grace to
keep our spirit open to his word, and that we may also deepen our knowledge
and experience of his Word. For this grace let us pray during the
celebration of this mystery.
We pray for our Pope
Benedict the 16th, for our Zonal Bishop Bosco Penha and all the
Bishops of our Diocese, that they may work under the guidance of the Holy
Spirit of God and may be enlightened by the Word of God.
Today we pray in a
special way for the youth of our parish, that they may choose their future
guided by the spirit of prayer, word of God and the Sacraments. Your
For our Children, in
their weakness, solitude, and challenges, they may be strengthened by the
Holy Spirit and parents may give them true understanding of God's love.
For all those who cannot
over come their weaknesses, that they may not be discouraged and
disappointed, rather trusting in the grace of God, may continue to fight
back against their mistakes. Your Response:
We pray for all the
terminally ill of our Parish, that they may surrender to God's will and
deepen their love for the word of God. Your Response.
In Luke, the
parable of the Prodigal Son reveals the character of God in Christianity and
his expectation that all sinners may return to a father-son relationship
with him. Jesus told this parable to a large public consisting of both the
'religious experts' of the day, the Pharisees, and the people most despised
by them, the tax collectors, prostitutes and other outcasts (Luke
15,1-2). The Pharisees considered these 'sinners' to be outside the
acceptable boundary of God's kingdom and criticized Jesus for enjoying their
company. In contrast to their contemptuous attitude, he told the previous
two parables in Luke 15 The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin,
in order to emphasize God's initiative in seeking and saving such sinners.
Let us pray during this Eucharist that those who are in company of Jesus
need not despair. We all have a chance of returning to the Father. Let us
humbly pray for the grace of repentance and return.
Prayer of the Faithful - your response:
Lord, teach us to
forgive one another
We pray for the Universal
Church and our Local Church at Mira Road that all the faithful may realize
the gift of forgiveness and conversion. Let us Pray to the Lord. Your
Today the Church faces
challenges in all regions, especially where there is no freedom to
practice ones faith. We pray that the Lord may enlighten people towards
true freedom and sense of forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us pray to
the Lord. Your Response.
There are a lot of people who
have abandoned the mother Church and have joined sects. Lord help them
realize the riches of Catholic Church and help them to return to her. Let
us pray to the Lord. Your Response.
We pray for all those who
have lost their faith and live in sin, so that they may be inspired to
make a good confession of their sins and get back to the Church. Let us
pray to the Lord. Your Response.
We pray for our selves that
we may have the courage to ask forgiveness from those whom we have
offended and forgive those who have hurt or pained us. Let us pray to the
Lord. Your Response.
Dear Friends in
Christ, today we have the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins from the
Gospel of St. Mathew for our reflection. The wisdom of the wise virgins
consisted in their understanding that the bridegroom might be delayed. Why
did the wise virgins take the flask of extra oil with them? Was it not
because they had the foresight to anticipate that they might have to wait?
Had they thought there would be no delay, it would have been completely
unnecessary for them to carry extra oil. In the end, the only mistake of the
foolish virgins was not being ready to follow the bridegroom to the feast
when finally he came. The bridegroom's response to the mistake of these
foolish virgins is severe: he prevents them from entering the marriage feast
altogether. The meaning of this parable seems to be that we all must be
ready at any cost for God to intervene in our life. He may come today,
tomorrow or day after. But we all must be ready. Let us pray for that
readiness to welcome Jesus in our life in faith and trust in Him.
Prayer of the Faithful:
Lord, increase our Faith
We pray for all
those who have lost faith in God after long years of waiting to get
blessings. Help them to recover their faith. Your Response.
Too many concerns in
our life have made us lose faith in God. We have neglected prayer and other
religious duties. Lord help us always to be conscious of our duties towards
you. Your Response.
We pray for all
the sick people in our parish that they may have the courage and faith to
wait for God's intervention in their life. Your Response.
In this world of
uncertainty and many theories we pray that our youth may be protected from
false doctrines and teachings. Your Response.
Let us pray for our
local and parish needs, that we be true to our vocation, commitment and stay
awake with the oil of faith in our hearts. Your Response.
Seventh Day Novena Liturgy
Dear Friends in Christ, today we have the parable of the Rich Man and
Lazarus for our meditation during this Holy Eucharist. In this story, it is
not specified as to why the rich man went to hell. It was implied that it
was because he was given over to luxuries and pleasure while at the same
time not loving his neighbor. But this was not the major theme. The major
theme has to do with the last verse. Jesus said, "If you believed
Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not
believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" The
rich man in hell wanted to start his own evangelistic program. He had his
own ideas as to how it should be done which seemed logical to him. Let's
make a big show and impress people with miracles. We need to heed the words
of Jesus. If we neglect our neighbour, we are likely to neglect Jesus. If we
do not heed the cry of the poor, we are going to be deaf to Jesus. Let us
pray for this grace of patient hearing and helping the poor around us in our
parish in stead of hungering for miracles.
Prayer of the Faithful
Your Response: Lord teach us to love our
We pray for our family members, especially those who
are neglected and uncared for, so that we may give them their dues and love
them in all their needs. Your Response.
There are millions around us who are poor and
miserable in their lives. Lord, we pray that those who are lazy may begin to
work and those who really deserve our help may be helped through our
generosity. Your Response.
We pray for all the orphaned children in our parish,
especially children that come to Ankur and to Holy Cross Convent School who
are helped by our generous sisters. Strengthen our sisters to do their duty
for love of God and neighbours. Your Response.
We also pray for our parishioners that they may be
generous to help all those who are in need, especially those who struggle to
get their daily bread. Your Response
We pray for rich people that they may sacrifice a
little of their income to help all those who suffer miserably.
Eighth Day of Novena Liturgy
today we have the parable of the Good Samaritan for our reflection during
this Holy Eucharist. A lawyer had tried to test Jesus asking what he must do
to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied in a manner consistent with the
understanding of the religious elite that by following the spirit of the law
- loving God with all one's heart, mind, soul and strength and one's
neighbor as oneself - one will inherit eternal life. This was the
righteousness of the law. Another way of looking at it is that if one does
only good and never sins, naturally one inherits eternal life, there being
no basis of condemnation. The parable of the Good Samaritan invites us to be
generous towards our neighbours. We all need to be like the Samaritan and
then perhaps when we need help, others will become good Samaritans towards
us. But if we refuse to do good when we are able, then when we need help no
one will help us. Let us go deeper into this parable and discover its real
meaning during this Holy Eucharist.
Your Response: Lord Teach us to be Charitable
We pray for
ourselves that we may be generous towards the needs of our neighbours,
especially contributing our 1% income to the Community Welfare Fund, so that
needy of our parish may be helped. Your Response
We pray also to
organizations and Charitable Trusts who try to help poor and needy people
that they may really spend their resources for the good of mankind.
Today we pray for
our politicians and world leaders that they may spend the natural resources
of their country for all those are suffering and for all those who are in
great need. Your Response
In our parish we
have the SCC communities, we pray for all the animators and zonal leaders
and our SCC co-coordinators, that they may be strengthened to be more like
the Good Samaritan, and help their zones and communities generously.
Let us now pray for
all the local needs, needs of the parish, needs of our families and
children, that we all may become more charitable in our actions, gestures,
and dealing with others. Your Response.
INFANT JESUS NOVENA 9TH DAY LITURGY
The Persistent Widow (Luke
Good Evening friends. Today is
the last day of Novena to Infant Jesus. This evening we reflect on the
parable of the persistent widow who disturbs the judge constantly for
justice. If you would like to pray effectively, you must pray persistently.
God desires persistent prayer. Notice that this widow kept coming to
the judge with her petition. Here is a picture of persistence. We do not
know who this widow was, but it was not uncommon in that day for a widow to
have an adversary who was trying to take advantage of her. Someone may have
been trying to get her money, or to cheat her out of her land. In any case,
she had an adversary; she had a problem, and this judge was her only hope.
So she came and insisted "Grant me justice against my adversary,".
But she was talking to a hard man. It says that he was a man who neither
feared God nor cared about men. It seems that he was very secure in his
position and in his authority because he did not care what men said. Those
who came before him, came in fear unless they had a bribe, or great power
and influence. But this widow came. And when He did not act, she came again.
"Grant me justice against my adversary!" No result. But did she stop?
No, she only came again, and again. "Grant me justice against my
adversary!" She had a cause, and she cried out, persistently. And the
judge gave up and gave her justice. Taking the example of this widow let us
pray for the grace of perseverance during this Holy Eucharist.
Prayer of the Faithful:
Your Response: Lord, Hear Our
today for all those who suffer injustice and wait patiently at the doors
of our courts to get their dues.
That we may
not neglect prayer in spite of not getting what we pray, that the Lord may
find us all just before him.
people may learn to be just towards their neighbours, especially poor and
unfortunate. Your Response
We pray for
all the widows and widowers in our parish that they may find security,
peace and happiness in the company of their family members.
Now we pray
for all the local and the needs of our families, that we may continue to
foster spirit of prayer and thus continue to trust in the providence of
God. Your Response.
INFANT JESUS FEAST
the procession when all people have entered the church)
morning dear friends, today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Infant Jesus.
devotion to the Holy Child Jesus has long been a tradition of the Catholic
Church for a very long time. This devotion is a veneration of our Lord's
sacred Infancy. Many saints had a very strong devotion to the Divine Child,
notably St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony
of Padua, and St. Teresa of Avila.
Prague is the capitol city of the Czech Republic, which is at the very
central of Europe with Germany, Poland, Russia and Austria as its neighbours.
The history of the Infant Jesus of Prague started in the 17th century when a
statue of the Infant Jesus was brought into Bohemia (now Czech Republic) and
eventually was given to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague. Since then, the
statue has remained in Prague and has drawn many devotees worldwide to go
and honor the Holy Child. Many graces, blessings, favors and miraculous
healings have been received by many who petitioned before the Infant Jesus.
we have the theme JESUS IS THE CENTRE OF OUR LIFE for our liturgy. As we
have meditated on various parables of Jesus during the last nine days of
Novena, making us aware of the importance of his person in our life, we
prepare to celebrate this Holy Eucharist in a worthy manner, in order that
we may obtain this unique grace to make him the centre of all our life.
INTRO TO THE FIRST READING:
the first reading, we are reminded that as parents and spouses we need to
take the attitude of Hannah who saw her son Samuel as God's son. It is the
same message that Jesus gives in the Gospel.
INTRO TO THE SECOND READING:
Today's second reading tells us to live as God's children, we need to have
faith in Jesus Christ and learn to love our neighbour. This is the way to
become children of God.
Prayer of the Faithful:
Your Response: Lord Hear our Prayer
We pray for our Pope Benedict the Sixteenth,
Our Bishop Ozwald and the Bishop Present, Rt. Rev. Thomas Dabre, that they
all be strengthened by the grace and presence of Jesus in their life.
Lord make us humble, that we may not be like the Rich
Fool who trusted in his riches and neglected his neighbours. Help us realize
that our life her is a preparation for the glorious resurrection.
Lord make us ready to serve our neighbours as we have
reflected on the parable of the Friend at Midnight, who got up and served
his neighbour. Help us to be sensitive.
We pray for all our Zonal Leaders, Animators, SCC
coordinators and our priests that they all may be like the Good Samaritan
ready to help all in our Parish. Your
We pray for all those who have abandoned the Catholic
Church, that they may realize the riches of her life and return back to her
like the Prodigal Son. Your Response
Let us pray for our local and Personal intentions.