Dear Friends, 

The Following is a quote from Mother Mariana to her community during the last Advent she experienced on earth in 1634 for soon she would go to Heaven on January 16th, 1635:

“Let us take advantage of these days….to prepare our hearts to receive the Infant Jesus.  Already we know that (we) must get dressed in our best garments to celebrate the Birth of the Lord, adorning the manger of Bethlehem with the light of virtues, with the beauty and gentleness of good example, with the straw of mortification, with the delicate purity of the angels, with the joy of the shepherds and with the delight of Mary and Joseph--- each one of us, in humility, desiring to improve ourselves through the faithful fulfillment of the Divine Will.”
(Words of Mother Mariana to her community during Advent of her last Christmas, 1634)


Please join us in the very old novena - see image below.
It is to begin on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day,
 November 30th, the following prayer is traditionally
prayed 15 times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative
prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus
of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming
This Christmas prayer carries an Imprimatur from Archbishop
Michael Augustine of New York City during the Pontificate
of Pope Leo XIII on February 6, 1897.