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Seventh Day in the Christmas, Second Sunday After Christmas - December 31
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:

O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy
that we, who know you already by faith
may be brought to behold
the beauty of your sublime glory.
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- Lectionary # 20

Daily Meditation:
Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. Isaiah 60

May the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute, the kings of Arabia and Seba offer gifts.
May all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.
For he rescues the poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor.
Psalm 72

The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 
Ephesians 3

This great feast - celebrated in the East as the Baptism of the Lord - is a feast of "revelation."
Jesus is the beloved Son of God,
a light for the whole world,
the very one who comes to us in time, this year,
to be our savior:
to rescue the poor, to hear our cry,
to save us in our need, in our poverty.

May we bring him the gifts of our faith and trust and hope.
May we recognize him as our savior
who gave his own life to set us free from the power of sin and death.
Come, let us adore him.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Today our Savior was adored by the Magi.
Let us also worship him with joy as we pray
Light from Light, shine on us this day.

Christ, you revealed yourself in the flesh,
- sanctify us through prayer and the word of God.

Christ, your witness was the Spirit,
- free our lives from the spirit of doubt.

Christ, you revealed yourself to the angels,
- help us to feel the joy of heaven on earth.

Christ, you were proclaimed to the nations,
- by the power of the Holy Spirit open the hearts of all.

Christ, you generated faith in the world,
- renew the faith of all believers.

Christ, you were taken up in glory,
-enkindle in us a longing for your kingdom.

Closing Prayer:
Light of the world,
You have come into my life; you are here for me in my poverty.
I am dazzled by the gifts you bring to me on this day:
"Your light is strong, your love is near."

Truly you have drawn me far beyond the limits of the world,
and into the limit-less boundaries of your dizzying love.

My gifts are small, and often filled with fear.
They are my trust and my hope.
Please accept them and heal me
and let me be free enough to rejoice
that you are the Beloved Son
and that you have come for me

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil

and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.



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Octave Day of Christmas - January 1
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:
O God, whose eternal Word adorns the face of the heavens
yet accepted from the Virgin Mary the frailty of our flesh,
grant, we pray,
that he who appeared among us as the splendor of truth
may go forth in the fullness of power
for the redemption of the world.
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
*

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 212

Daily Meditation:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! Numbers 6
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus,
the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Luke 2 The beginning of the New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect upon so much.
We begin by dedicating this new year to Mary.
And because she gave birth to the Prince of Peace
it is a wonderful day to join with one another around the world to pray for
peace. Let us all make our resolutions in light of the graces that have been offered us
throughout this Advent and Christmas Season. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. 
Mt. 1

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
All the ends of the earth have seen Jesus Christ,
the saving power of God.
Let us praise him and cry out in joy:
Glory be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Redeemer of all, you came to tear down the walls separating Jew from Gentile
- root out the prejudices which erode the depths of our humanity.

Through your incarnation and your birth you established your presence among us,
- teach us to recognize the many forms of your presence in the Church and in one another.

You are the fullest revelation of God to men and women,
- show us how we can assent to your word with integrity of faith and action.

You are God-with-us, wondrously transforming all creation,
- let every heart, every voice, every deed throughout the universe now be transformed.

Closing Prayer:
Gracious God,
what a gift Mary is in my life.
I run from humility -
and yet I am touched by her response to you.
I am headstrong and arrogant -
and she shows me how to say Yes.

By her spirit, her example, her love
she helps bring peace into the world.
Help me to be just a small glimmer of your light
in the midst of a dark world.
Oh, Lord, let your face shine on me!

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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Second Week of Christmas - January 2
Daily Prayer
 

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

Collect:
Grant us, almighty God, that the bringer of your salvation,
who for the world’s redemption
came forth with newness of heavenly light,
may dawn afresh in our hearts
and bring us constant renewal.
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 - Lectionary # 205

Daily Meditation:
And now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence
and not be put to shame by him at his coming.
1 John 2

John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” John 1

Jesus baptizes us the the Holy Spirit. All that has prepared us for his coming
gives witness to his presence with us now.

May we remain in the one who has come to be with us.
May we place our trust in the one who promises us life.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us rejoice in the compassion of Christ,
who came to free mankind from the slavery of corruption and
to give us the freedom of the sons of God.
Trusting in this divine compassion, we plead:
By your birth, deliver us from evil.

Lord, you existed before the ages, yet you entered into a new life,
- renew us continually through the mystery of your birth.

Without surrendering your divinity, you wondrously took on our humanity,
- grant that our lives may press on to a fuller participation in your divinity.

You came to be a light to the nations, the teacher of holiness,
- let your words be a light along our way.

Word of God made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, you entered this world,
- live in our hearts always through faith.

Closing Prayer:
I beg you, Lord, give me the sight I need
so that I can see you in those around me
and welcome you into my heart
with the joy of celebration.

If only my eyes could be opened!
Give me the wisdom and internal vision to see
and I will recognize you as my savior
not only in my heart today
but in my life every day.

I ask that you help me to open my heart more fully
to your own dizzying love for me.
Help me to be grateful for your incredible gifts to me. 

 

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

 


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Wednesday
Second Week of Christmas - January 3
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:
O God, who in the blessed childbearing of the holy Virgin Mary
kept the flesh of your Son
free from the sentence incurred by the  human race,
grant, we pray,
that we who have been taken up into this new creation
may be freed from the ancient taint of sin.

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 - Lectionary # 206

Daily Meditation:

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 2

(John) saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. John 1

John recognizes Jesus, from the Light that decended from Heaven,
and invites the disciples - and us - to recognize Jesus.
He's the one who takes away our sins.

May we continue to welcome him,
more deeply into our hearts this week.
May we continue to celebrate the gift we have
in Jesus, now, and where we need it.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
In the fullness of time, the eternal Word was begotten of the Father.
He is the child who is born for us, the son who is given to us.
To him we lift our voices in joy:
Praise be to you, Lord.

Son of the living God, you existed before the world was made
and you came on earth to save all,
- enable us to be witnesses to your Gospel.

Sun of Justice, whose brightness shone forth from the bosom of the Father
and flooded the entire world,
- be light for all who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

You became a little child and lay in a manger,
- renew in us the simplicity of little children.

For our sake you became the living bread of eternal life,
- fill us with joy through the sacrament of your altar.

Closing Prayer:

Lord of Light,
how many times do I walk by you
and not see you?

You have come onto this earth
to live in my life and embrace the humanity of us all.
I ask that you give me the light to see you
and to recognize your presence in others.

Take away my sins:
my sins of blindness and ignorance
and of indifference.

Help me to share in your great and compassionate heart
and the loving vision with which you see each one of us.

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


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Second Week of Christmas - January 4
Daily Prayer 

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

Collect:

Grant us, almighty God, that the bringer of your salvation,
who for the world’s redemption
came forth with newness of heavenly light,
may dawn afresh in our hearts
and bring us constant renewal.

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 - Lectionary # 207

Daily Meditation:

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?” John 1

We can imagine this week that Jesus is turing to us and asking,
“What are you looking for?”
If only we can answer, “I want to be with you,
to learn from you, to spend time with you,
so that I can find a healing and missioning intimacy with you
throughout my day, even in difficult times,
especially, when I need strength and courage.”

May we ask our Lord for what we desire this day,
and every day.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Rejoice in the wonderful works of the Lord
for he has given us hope through the birth of his Son.
Let us all cry out with great joy:
Glory to God in the highest.

With the angels and patriarchs and prophets,
- we praise you, Lord.

With Mary, the Virgin Mother of God,
- our whole being proclaims your greatness, Lord.

With the apostles and evangelists,
- we give you thanks, Lord.

With all the holy martyrs,
- we offer our bodies to you as consecrated victims.

With all your holy witnesses in the Church,
- we dedicate our lives to you in deepest faith.


Closing Prayer:

You turn to me with such loving eyes
and ask, “What are you looking for?”
I don't always know the answer, Lord,
but I know that your question fills my heart
with a longing to be with you and to work at your side
in loving and caring for your people.

You honor all of humanity by your presence in this life
and I am in awe that you have become one of us.
God with us, Emmanel.
Help my heart to continue to rejoice at the news
that you free me from my sins.

 

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


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Friday

Second Week of Christmas - January 5
Daily Prayer 

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


Collect:

O God, who by the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son
wondrously began for your people
the work of redemption,
grant, we pray, to your servants such firmness of faith
that by his guidance they may attain
the glorious prize you have promised.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 208

Daily Meditation:

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another....
If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion,
how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. 1 John 3

But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1

We await the revelation of God in our lives, just as the first disciples did.
And, we are tempted to ask, if any good - any revelation -
can come from the simple, ordinary, deep seated patterns of our lives.
The invitation is to “Come and see.”
It's an invitation to make a move into those simple places
and to discover Jesus there.

May find our Lord's special way of loving us,
that we might become greater able to come to
our brothers and sister in need
and offer them the love and compassion Jesus has shown us.
And, may we offer love, not simply with words,
but with loving actions, for and with others.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Give honor and glory to Jesus Christ who comes
to create a new heart and a new spirit in all.
We call on him as we say:
By the power of your birth, make us new persons.

You took on our life and offered us in return the mystery of God’s life,
- help us to recognize you in the mysteries of your word and your eucharist
which you entrusted to your Church.

Founder of the human race, through the spotless Virgin
you became one of us,
- through her intercession, may we touch your divinity and be healed.

Our Redeemer, you descended upon the earth as the rain
which fell upon the sheepskin of Gideon,
- now drench our lives in the living water that springs up to provide eternal life.

As we celebrate the beginning of your life on this earth,
- let us imitate that perfect manhood which you revealed in your life among us.

Closing Prayer:

Lord you look at me with such joy
and invite me to “come and see.”
What is it you want to show me in your life
that can touch my own?
Hold my hand as I open my heart
and ask your help to find a freedom to serve.

Dispel my fears with the light of your radiance
in the dimly-lit depths of my soul.
With the gift of faith,
I know that you have healed me of
some tight selfishness that has kept me from opening my heart.

With the light of your salvation on me,
teach me to love you far beyond the words of my prayer.
I want to love you with my entire life.
You have come, Lord Jesus! Thank you!


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


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Second Week of Christmas - January 6 (U.S.)
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:

Cast your kindly light upon your faithful, Lord, we pray,
and with the splendor of your glory
set their hearts ever aflame,
that they may never cease to acknowledge their Savior
and may truly hold fast to him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Readings - Lectionary # 209

Daily Meditation:

The Lord is a light in darkness to the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and just. Psalm 111:4

These days we continue to appreciate the ways Jesus is Light in our darkness
and we ask for the graces we need to continue to be grateful and faithful
to his special presence in our lives.

May we be grateful for his love for us these days.
May we be like him in our love for one another.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:

The Word of God existed before the creation of the universe,
yet was born among us in time.
We praise and worship him as we cry out in joy:
Let the earth ring out with joy for you have come.

You are the unending Word of God who flooded the world with joy at your birth,
- fill us with joy by the continuous gift of your life.

You saved us and by your birth revealed to us the covenant faithfulness of the Lord,
- help us to be faithful to the promises of our baptism.

You are King of heaven and earth who sent messengers to announce peace to all,
- let our lives be filled with your peace.

You are the true vine that brings forth the fruit of life,
- make us the branches of the vine, bearing much fruit.


Closing Prayer:

Jesus, you became one of us on this earth.
What I want now is to be more like you:
more compassionate and patient,
more guided by your Holy Spirit.

You are a light in my life on earth
and an inspiration for how I live.
Give me the humility to acknowledge you as my savior.
Help me to be more grateful for all you have given me
so that my response might be one of generosity
to you and those you have placed in my life.


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.