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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Daily Advent Prayer


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

Entrance Antiphon:
Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.

Collect:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. *

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:

“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
Luke 1

On this last Sunday of Advent,
we quietly reflect on the mystery.
We rest in awe, in wonder,
at how our God entered our world and came to be with us.
We pause to receive the gift offered us:
that the Spirit of God will open up our lives and
that Jesus will really come into our hearts.

May we have watchful hope today,
believing what the Lord promises us.
Let us pray today, that we might be God's servants,
that we might be instruments of God's love
for our families and all we serve this week.

...Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,,
     cried out in a loud voice and said,
     “Blessed are you among women
       and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
  Luke 1

Lord, make us turn to you;
     let us see your face and be saved
Psalm 80

... from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel;
    whose origin is from ancient times.
 Micah 5


Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

To the Lord, Jesus Christ, judge of the living and the 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 strength of 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.

Come, Lord Jesus!  Come!

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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Monday

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.

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! Ps. 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.

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


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Tuesday

December 20
Daily Advent Prayer

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

Collect:
O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word
the immaculate Virgin received through the message of an Angel
and so became the dwelling-place of divinity,
filled with the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant, we pray, that by her example
we may in humility hold fast to your will.
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:
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
     May it be done to me according to your word.”

Mary could become the “temple of God's Word”
because she was so ready to do God's will.
As we approach this anniversary of our redemption,
let's spend the day placing our life in God's hands
embracing the ways he will come to us
and let us be his instruments for others.

Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To Christ our Lord, the light of the world , let us cry
    with joy:
    Come Lord Jesus! 

Dispel our darkness with the light of your presence,
- and make us worthy of your gifts.

Save us, Lord our God,
- that we may praise your holy name this day.

Enkindle in our hearts the flame of your love,
- and make us long to be united with you.

You bore our infirmity,
-aid the sick and those who are to die this day.

O KEY OF DAVID,
and Scepter of the House of Israel,
who opens and no one shuts,
who shuts and no one opens:
Come, and bring forth the captive from his prison,
he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Closing Prayer:
Oh, King of us all,
I find myself standing before
your strength and
splendor
watching, waiting
and filled with total joy.

You have lifted my mind in hope.
Now help me to open my life
and the coming of the Spirit.

I want to be like Mary, your mother.
Her wonderful courage and strength
inspire me to do the same.
She simply said Yes
and the impossible was done.

Thank you for this Advent journey.
The anticipation has filled my life
and made me long for
a closer relationship with you.

My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Thank you for your guidance.
Thank you for the quiet moments
when I have felt your love.

Nothing will be impossible with God.

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

December 21
Daily Advent Prayer


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

Collect:
Hear in kindness, O Lord,
the prayers of your people,
that those who rejoice
at the coming of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh
may, when at last he comes in glory,
gain the reward of eternal 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:
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Luke 1

With just days until Christmas, we listen to readings of joy
and fulfillment.
We imagine the incredible meeting of Mary and Elizabeth.
With growing anticipation, we let ourselves simply believe
that the Lord's many promises to us these weeks
will be fulfilled.

Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust.
Psalm 33

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

To Jesus Christ our Lord, who came among us in his
mercy, let us constantly cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus! 

You came from the Father to take on our human nature,
- now set us free what was harmed in us by sin.

One day you will come again in glory to your chosen people,
- come to us today and help us sinners to recognize your
mercy and tender love.

We glory in praising you, Lord Jesus,
- come and bring us your salvation.

Through faith you lead us into light,
- may we reveal your justice through our deeds.

O Dawn of the East,
brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice;
Come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God,
It is growing in my heart:
An awareness and gratitude of your constant love for me;
Like the sun rising in the East
to warm and comfort my life
and to bring new growth.

Thank you for these weeks of prayer.
In the spirit of the season
my waiting, my patience,
feels sacred.

Bless my heart with generosity
and make me ready to receive you.

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 22
Daily Advent Prayer


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

Collect:
O God, who, seeing the human race fallen into death,
willed to redeem it by the coming of your Only Begotten Son,
grant, we pray,
that those who confess his Incarnation with humble fervor
may merit his company as their Redeemer.
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 Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God, my savior."

Mary's response (the Gospel) based upon Hannah's prayer
(Responsorial Psalm) can be our prayer today.
Our anticipation of the coming of our Lord into our hearts grows
as we praise God for coming to us in our lowliness.

My heart exults in the Lord, my savior.


Today's Daily Reflection


Intercessions:

To Christ our Redeemer, who comes to save us from our
sins, let us cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus! 

The prophets of old foretold your birth among us,
- now make virtue come to life in us.

We proclaim your saving work,
- now grant us your salvation.

You came to heal the contrite,
- heal the weakness of your people.

You came and saw fit to reconcile the world,
- when you come again in judgment, free us from the
torments of punishment.


O KING OF THE GENTILES
and their desired One,
the Cornerstone that makes both one:
Come, and deliver us,
whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.

Closing Prayer:
Oh, king of us all.
I find myself standing before
your strength and splendor
watching, waiting
and filled with total joy.

You have lifted my mind in hope.
Now help me to open my life
the the coming of the Spirit.

I want to be like Mary, your mother.
Her wonderful courage and strength
inspire me to do the same.
She simply said Yes
and the impossible was done.

Thank you for this Advent journey.
The anticipation has filled my life
and made me long for
a closer relationship with you.

My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Thank you for guidance.
Thank you for the quiet moments
when I have felt your love.

Nothing will be impossible with God.

Guide my feet on the way of peace.

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 23
Daily Advent Prayer
 

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

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
as we see how the Nativity of your Son
according to the flesh draws near,
we pray that to us, your unworthy servants,
mercy may flow from your Word,
who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary
and establish among us his dwelling,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
*

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote, "John "

     and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
     and he spoke blessing God.
When Zechariah could say "John," that is, "God is Gracious,"
he was freed to give thanks and praise to God.

Let's each of us express our gratitude to our God
for coming to be with us, for forgiving our sins,
for saving us from the power of death.
Let's ask that we might be purified of all self-love
that we might receive his coming to us this week.

But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner's fire,
or like the fuller's lye.  Mal. 3

Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To God our Father who sent his Son to save mankind:
Show us your mercy, Lord.

Father most merciful, we confess our faith in your Christ with our words,
- keep us from denying him in our actions

You have sent your Son to rescue us,
- remove every sorrow from the face of the earth and from our country.

Our land looks forward with delight at the approach of your Son,
- let it experience the fullness of your joy.

Through your mercy make us live holy and chaste lives in this world,
-eagerly awaiting the blessed hope and coming of Christ in glory.

O EMMANUEL,

God with us,
Our King and Lawgiver,

the expected of the nations and their Saviour:

C
ome to save us, O Lord our God


Closing Prayer:
Oh, Emmanuel,
"God-with-Us,"
You have touched me;
you are God-with-Me.

Thank you for these weeks of prayer.
In the spirit of the season
my waiting, my patience,
feels sacred.

Refine and purify my heart
with the hottest flame of your love.
Give me the courage of your prophets
and let me do what is right
even when others don't understand.

Bless my heart with generosity
and make me ready to receive you.

Come, Lord Jesus!  Come!

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.

Saturday

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December 24
Daily Advent Praye
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"Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise."

Collect:
Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus,
and do not delay,
that those who trust in your compassion
may find solace and relief in your coming.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. *

Today's Readings

Daily Meditation:
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.

May it be done to me according to your word."
"temple of God's Word"
because she was so ready to do God's will.
As we approach this anniversary of our redemption,
let's spend the day placing our life in God's hands
embracing the ways he will come to us
and let us be his instruments for others.

Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To Christ our Lord, the light of the world , let us cry
    with joy:
    Come Lord Jesus! 

Dispel our darkness with the light of your presence,
- and make us worthy of your gifts.

Save us, Lord our God,
- that we may praise your holy name this day.

Enkindle in our hearts the flame of your love,
- and make us long to be united with you.

You bore our infirmity,
-aid the sick and those who are to die this day.

Closing Prayer:
Oh, God-With-Us,

For so long you have promised
forgiveness, peace, salvation.
Now in my heart, I am filled with joy
because of your coming.

Thank you for your promises and for the way I can trust in you.
I feel a new freedom in my life
and a courage I have not known before.

I know you came to save me and bring new life
and I am so grateful to you.
Let me show my thankfulness
with my life.
You have brought me through the darkness
and into the light of your saving grace.

Guide my feet on the way of peace.

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.