(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016 J.M.J. December 15, 2016 Christmas Novena Day 1 Dear Family of Mary! Today St. James Parish begins the annual Christmas Novena! They will climb Apparition Hill each day for nine days before Christmas, praying the Rosary. Mary TV will stream the climb each day, live! It is a beautiful way to prepare for The Nativity of Christ! ST JAMES PARISH CHRISTMAS NOVENA Dec 15 through Dec 23 2:00 pm Medj time, 8:00 am EST www.marytv.tv Denis and I will follow each day’s novena climb with our usual “Hour of Mercy” prayer time at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time (9:00 am EST) in which we will add a very simple novena prayer to Jesus. Don Dolindo Ruotolo, a holy priest in Italy, who died in 1970, wrote down some wonderful words that he received from the Lord about surrender. These little meditations make up a Novena of Surrender to the Will of God. We feel that this simple novena is a great help to those who wish to give themselves completely to the Lord. What better present could we give to Baby Jesus than our surrender to Him. So we will pray this little novena after the Parish climb each day. Here is our Christmas Novena – Day One : A Message from Our Lady: December 19, 1985 “Dear children! Today I wish to call you to love of neighbor. The more you love your neighbor, the more you shall experience Jesus especially on Christmas Day. God will bestow great gifts on you if you surrender yourselves to Him. I wish in a special way on Christmas Day to give mothers my own special motherly blessing, and Jesus will bless the rest with His own blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Novena of Surrender to the Will of God (Don Dolindo Ruotolo) Day One: Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations. Response: O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything! (10times) Let us pray the 7-7-7 (7 Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Bes) In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2016 PS. Join us for this live event from December 15 to 23, 2016 at www.marytv.tv It will be shown on our Channel Window on the home page. Also, we will live stream this Novena on our Facebook page, “Medjugorje Mary TV”. https://www.facebook.com/marytv.tv/ If you are on Facebook with us, please “like” and “share” the event so we can spread the word about Medjugorje and Our Lady’s presence!