December 16-24, the nine days before Christmas, is the Christmas Novena: a period of focused prayer and reflection in many Christian traditions.
This year St Mary's offers visitors to the Garden a new station of prayer and reflection each day of our own Christmas Novena, complete with music recorded by musicians in our community. Drop in to the garden during your daily walk, to pray or reflect in your own way—we will also post reflections and the music on this website each day.
Embedded in our own Novena are the Great O Antiphons, a series of prayers based on names associated with Jesus by the early Church. These prayers, originally in Latin, date back as early as the 6th Century.
Here are links directly to each of the days of our Novena, where you will find the full text, as well as recordings to aid your personal devotion on these final days before Christmas: