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NOVENA TO THE MAGI
IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EPIPHANY


[This Novena begins on December 28th (the Feast of the Holy Innocents) and ends on January 5 th (the Vigil of the Epiphany).]

28 December:

O holy Magi!
You were living in continual expectation of the rising of the Star of Jacob,
which would announce the birth of the true Sun of justice;
obtain for us an increase of faith and charity,
and the grace to live in continual hope
of beholding one day the light of heavenly glory and eternal joy.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

29 December:

O holy Magi!
who at the first appearance of the wondrous star
left your native country to go
and seek the newborn King of the Jews;
obtain for us the grace of corresponding
with alacrity to every divine inspiration.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

30 December:

O holy Magi!
who regarded neither the severity of the season,
nor the inconveniences of the journey
that you might find the newborn Messiah;
obtain for us the grace not to allow ourselves
to be discouraged by any of the difficulties
which may meet us on the way of salvation.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

31 December:

O holy Magi,
who, when deserted by the star in the city of Jerusalem,
sought humbly, and without human respect,
from the rulers of the Church,
the place where you might discover the object of your journey;
obtain for us grace to have recourse,
in faith and humility,
in all our doubts and perplexities to the counsel of our superiors,
who hold the place of God on earth.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

1 January:

O holy Magi,
who were gladdened by the reappearance of the star
which led you to Bethlehem;
obtain for us from God the grace, that,
remaining always faithful to Him in afflictions,
we may be consoled in time by His grace,
and in eternity by His glory.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

2 January:

O holy Magi,
who, entering full of faith into the stable of Bethlehem,
prostrated yourselves on the earth,
to adore the newborn King of the Jews,
though he was surrounded only by signs of poverty and weakness;
obtain from the Lord for us
a lively faith in the real presence of Jesus in the blessed Sacrament,
the true spirit of poverty,
and a Christ-like charity for the poor and suffering.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

3 January:

O holy Magi,
who offered to Jesus Christ gold, incense, and myrrh,
thereby recognizing Him to be at once King, God, and Man;
obtain from the Lord for us
the grace never to present ourselves before Him with empty hands;
but that we may continually offer to Him the gold of charity,
the incense of prayer, and the myrrh of penance and mortification.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

4 January:

O holy Magi,
who, when warned by an angel not to return to Herod,
traveled back to your country be another road;
obtain for us from the Lord,
the grace that, after having found Him in true repentance,
we may avoid all danger of losing Him again.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

5 January:

O holy Magi,
who were first among the Gentiles
called to the knowledge of Jesus Christ,
and who persevered in the faith till your deaths,
obtain for us of the Lord the grace of living always
in conformity to our baptismal vows,
ever leading to a life of faith;
that like you we may attain to the beatific vision
of that God Who now is the object of our faith.

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.



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