bishop, patron saint of children
God of wonder,
in goodness you create and sustain all living things.
Thank you for Saint Nicholas
whose generous gifts gladdened the hearts
of children and adults.
Lord God, everyday You amaze us with Your gifts in nature,
inspire us with ways to surprise
someone who is lonely.
When we do not have means,
give us the grace of a good word.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Saint Nicholas, PRAY FOR US
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Divine Artist of the Universe,
Your providential care for us refreshes our imagination.
May the life of Mary, preserved from sin,
help us to follow in the footsteps
of Jesus to be a servant leader.
Open our hearts to the Word of God
and help us to respond generously.
Make us beacons of light where there is darkness
transforming our world
day by day, now and forever.
Holy Mary, PRAY FOR US.
virgin, martyr, patron of people with eye trouble
Faithful God of consolation,
praise to You for Your many graces and blessings.
When our vision becomes blurred with cares and concerns,
enlighten our dullness and surprise us by joy.
May Saint Lucy aid us in seeing the light of truth.
This we ask in the name of Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.
Saint Lucy, PRAY FOR US.
Holy God, Source of all things,
You freely give Your love through all of time.
Teach us by the example of Saint Stephen
to do our part in proclaiming Your goodness.
Give us strength and courage to live our life
dedicated to the service of others.
We ask this today and every day.
Saint Stephen, PRAY FOR US.
apostle, writer, preacher
God of boundless energy and light,
You make known Your mysteries
through Your revealed Word.
As Saint John was blest with faith
to proclaim Your manifold love,
quicken our hearts
to grasp the Good News and act upon it.
May we be able to share and understand
the wisdom that Saint John taught.
Grant this now and forever.
Saint John, PRAY FOR US.
Holy Innocents, martyrs
God the Father,
You sent Your only Son to earth as an infant.
Have mercy on all people of violence.
Teach us to value human life
from conception to natural death.
Spare us from the tragedy of death
for innocent children.
May we observe Your wonder
in the eyes and ways of the little ones.
Bless them and us today and every day.