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Third Sunday of Advent
Daily Advent Prayer

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Entrance Antiphon:
Rejoice in the Lord, always:
again, I say, rejoice.

Indeed, the Lord is near.

Collect:
O God, wh
o see how your people
faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation,
and to celebrate them always
with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
*

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:

We begin this third week of Advent asking to feel the joy
that comes from knowing our Lord's coming to us is near.
In these precious days ahead, we are praying, longing, hoping
in the background of our everyday lives.

His mission is for each of us who ask, "What must we do?"
He tells us to give away our coats, our security.
He asks that we not bully people but be content with our lives.

We can smile today as we imagine the freedom he has won for us
and how liberating it will be to live it, with him, for others.
It is right to give our God thanks and praise.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6-7

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart.
Zephaniah 3: 14

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks.

Philippians 4


Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To God our Father, who has given us the grace
to wait in  graceful hope for the revelation of
our Lord Jesus Christ, let us make our prayer:
Show us your mercy, Lord.

Sanctify us in mind and body,
- keep us without sin until the coming of your Son.

Make us walk this day in holiness,
- and live upright and devout lives in this world.

May we be clothed in our Lord Jesus Christ,
- and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Lord, help us to stand watchful and ready,
- until your Son is revealed in all his glory.


Closing Prayer:
I lift my heart up to you, Lord,
to thank you for the blessings
you shower on me each day.

You are the 'joy of my soul.'
I know that in your great love,
I am held and protected by you.

I pray and listen to the good news you send;
I ask and feel the healing.
I am freed by you
from the things in this world
that let me hide from you.

I rejoice, I rejoice, down to my soul.
Help me to prepare my heart
to be open and able to receive your immense love.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

 

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Monday

Daily Advent Prayer
Third Week of Advent

“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Incline a merciful ear to our cry,
we pray, O Lord,
and casting light on the darkness of our hearts,
visit us with the grace of your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
A star shall advance from Jacob,
and a staff shall rise from Israel.


The longing of God's people lead to a hope
that God would save them.
God would replace their corrupt kings
and send them a savior.
May our longing these days bring us closer
to our God's desire to save us,
to shine the Light of Christ
on the darkness of our sin.

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
Psalm 25

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Christ the Lord, Son of the living God, light from light,
lead us into the light and reveal his holiness.
With confidence, let us make our prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus!

Light that never fades, dispel the mists about us,
- awaken our faith from sleep.

Guard us from all harm today,
- may your glory fill us with joy.

Give us unfailing gentleness at all times,
- toward everyone we meet.

Come to create a new earth for us,
-where there will be justice and peace.


Closing Prayer:
Is it that I haven't seen you, God?
Have I been looking someplace else for you?
Or have my eyes been covered
by the distractions in my life?

And yet you are so faithful in your love for me.
I see now with a new vision and great hope,
because my heart is enraptured by your love.

I pray to you and feel the power of your coming,
like a light on the path before me
guiding me to return your love even more.

Let me raise my voice
with new courage and deep joy
to give you praise with my life.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

 

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Tuesday
Daily Advent Prayer
Third Week of Advent

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:

O God, who through your Only Begotten Son
have made us a new creation,
look kindly, we pray,
on the handiwork of your mercy,
and at your Son’s coming
cleanse us from every stain
of the old way of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:

On that day, you need not be ashamed
of all your deeds, your rebellious actions against me.

The Lord's coming promises us a time
when we need not fear. It will indeed be a time
of purifying, a time of humility and trust in God.
We ask for the grace to be like the child
whose mind is changed and says, “Yes”
to our Lord's call.

Come, O Lord, do not delay;
forgive the sins of your people.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

God the almighty Father stretched forth his hand again to
take possession of the remnant of his people. Let us
make our prayer to him:
Lord, may your kingdom come.

Lord, grant that our works of penance may please you,
- and that we may be ready for your kingdom which is so near.

Prepare a path in our hearts for the coming of your Word,
- and let his glory be revealed among us.

Bring low the mountains of our pride,
- and fill up the valleys of our weakness.

Break down the wall of hatred that divides the nations,
-and make level for mankind the paths to peace.


Closing Prayer:

Lord of such compassionate wisdom,
How often do I exalt myself and ignore you?
I look over the heads of my more humble brothers and sisters,
not seeing how they rely on you so much more than I do.
Help me to learn from them to make you
the center of my life.

You invite me to not be ashamed of what I have done in my life,
but instead offer me a refuge.

Let me call out to you; hear me:
Give me the grace to see those around me who are brokenhearted.
Guide me in staying with them in their sorrows.
I ask for the courage to help them in all the ways they need it
and to be your servant on this earth.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
!

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Wednesday
Daily Advent Prayer
Third Week of Advent

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the coming solemnity of your Son
may bestow healing upon us in this present life
and bring us the rewards of life eternal.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. *

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
I am the LORD, there is no other.
Turn to me and be safe.

We have heard the promises and we have begged for more hope.
Today we pray for his saving help and hear his personal invitation
to turn to him, to find our safety in him alone.

How might I yet place my trust in God's love for me?
How might I yet surrender my independence?
How might my heart grow in anticipation and welcome
of the fullness of his coming to me this year?

Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.
Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! Is 45


Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
The Word of God humbled himself to dwell with us so
that we might see his glory. Rejoicing in hope, let us call
upon him:
Emmanuel, be with us.

Ruler, just and righteous,
- bring justice to the poor and the oppressed.

King of peace, you beat swords into plowshares and spears
into pruning hooks,
- turn hatred into love and our grievances into forgiveness.

You do not judge by appearances,
- recognize those who are your own.

When you come with power and might upon the clouds,
- grant that we may come before you without shame.

 

Closing Prayer:
Dearest Lord,
Your invitation settles in my soul:
"Turn to me and be safe."
Something lets go inside when I take those words into my heart.
They are an invitation for me to rest.

So many moments of my life are filled with my own needs.
"Turn to me and be safe," you say to me again.
Give me the great grace to let go from the depths of my soul.
Help me to be released
from the demons I cling to with so much fear.

I hear your invitation to ask for help
and I begin to list all the places in my life that need healing.
"Turn to me and be safe."

You promise your saving help
and I know it is the only thing that can heal me.
I feel your presence in my life
and am aware of the growing joy I feel
as I anticipate celebrating the birth of your son.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Thursday
December 17
Daily Advent Prayer

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature,
who willed that your Word should take flesh
in an ever-virgin womb,
look with favor on our prayers,
that your Only Begotten Son,
having taken to himself our humanity,
may be pleased to grant us a share in his divinity.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever
.

Today's Readings

Meditation:

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
We now begin the second part of Advent.
We follow the Gospel story, as it bring us to Christmas.
Today, we hear the story of God's plan,
using a long line of less-than-perfect kings
and 5 very special women, to bring us to Jesus.

God saved us, by becoming one of us,
entering into our human, and sometimes messy history.
Jesus will come to each of us this Advent
in and through our human journey.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. Ps. 72

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To God our Father, who from old has called his people to salvation:
Lord, protect your people.

You promised to plant the seed of justice among your people,
- protect the holiness of your Church.

Lord, teach all men and women to listen to your word,
- and help believers to persevere in holiness.

Keep us in the love of your Spirit,
- that we may know the mercy of your Son who is to come.

Father, most merciful, strengthen us to the last,
- until the day of the coming of Jesus, our Lord.


O WISDOM,

You came forth from the mouth of the Most High
and reaching from beginning to end,
you ordered all things mightily and sweetly.
Come and teach us the way of prudence!


Closing Prayer:

Oh, God of wisdom,
I want to praise you and give you my life.

Like a loving parent,
you bless me.
You have watched over me,
knowing my history
and the path that led me to you.

Thank you for the peace
you promise in my life.
I ask that I be always aware
of the strength of your great power.
May it never leave me.

So many people before me
in so many generations,
have served you so humbly,
answering your call.
Please give me the wisdom and courage
to be your humble servant.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Thursday

December 18
Daily Advent Prayer

“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who are weighed down from of old,
by slavery beneath the yoke of sin,
may be set free by the newness
of the long-awaited Nativity
of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
And they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”


Oh, how wonderful it is that Joseph listened to God in his dream
and was not afraid to take Mary into his home.
God's ways are not our ways.
Let us pray to be renewed and freed.
And, like Joseph, in being faithfully unafraid
to be open to our salvation.

She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To the Lord Jesus Christ, judge of the living dead,
let us pray:
    Come, Lord Jesus!

Lord Jesus, you came to save sinners,
- protect us in times of temptation.

You will come in glory to be our judge,
- show in us your power to save.

Help us to keep the precepts of your law with the strength
    of the Spirit,
- and to look forward in love to your coming.

You are praised throughout the ages; in your mercy help
    us to live devoutly and temperately in this life,
- as we wait in joyful hope for the revelation of your
    glory.

O LORD AND RULER
of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Closing Prayer:
Oh, Adonai, dearest Lord,
Compassionate God of justice,
so many areas of my life seem imprisoned
but you promise me real freedom
and peace in my life.

Renew my spirit and free my soul.
Please, open my heart
which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.

I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth
and I want to follow you in caring for others.
Grant me the grace to see
how you shine your light on the poor
who have such a special place in your heart.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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Saturday

December 19
Daily Advent Prayer

“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin
graciously revealed the radiance of your glory to the world,
grant, we pray,
that we may venerate with integrity of faith
the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time.
Luke 1

In Zechariah's story we see how "unable to speak" we become
when we do not believe God's words of promise to us.
Let us trust that nothing is impossible with God.
Today, let's look at the ways we are being invited
to be open, to surrender, to trust, to love.
Let us become instruments of God's plan
in ways we might least expect.

My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory! Psalm 71

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer who will come again to free from the power of death
all those who return to him, let us humbly pray:
    Come Lord Jesus! 

As we proclaim your coming Lord,
- cleanse our hearts of every vain desire,

Lord, may the Church which you founded,
- proclaim your greatness to all peoples.

Your law is a light to my eyes,
- let it protect those who trust in you.

You allow the joys of your coming to be foretold to us by your Church,
-may we receive you with eager devotion.

O ROOT OF JESSE,
that stands for an ensign of the people,
before whom the kings keep silence
and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:
Come, to deliver us, and tarry not.

Closing Prayer:
Oh, Jesus who descended from Jesse,
you are a sign of God's love.
I feel hopeful and expectant,
filled with a rebirth of joy and love.

I depend you so much.
You are a rock for my belief
and a sign of God's love.

Fill me with your praise!
I want to sing your glory,
filled with joy
for the message of hope you send.

I don't always understand
when you are acting on my behalf.
Thank you for the message of hope you send me.
Give me true faith and love
as I celebrate the mystery
of how you came to be with us.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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* New English translation according to the Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal. 2010,
Copyright International Commission on English in the Liturgy.