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Sunday

Feast of the Holy Family - December 29
Daily Prayer

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

Entrance Antiphon:
The shepherds went in haste and
found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

Collect:
O God, who were pleased to give us
the shining example of the Holy Family,
graciously grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity,
and so, in the joy of your house,
delight one day in eternal rewards.
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 those that fear the Lord and walk in his ways.  Psalm 128

Every son or daughter can read the first reading and let it be a life long guide.
The second reading is a wonderful guide for family life.
We could all do well to prepare our New Year's resolution desires from here.
The gospel is from Luke and brings us back to Mary.
A sword will pass through her faithful heart.
May God bless all our families with fidelity and courage in loving as we have been loved.

And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful. Colossians 3

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us adore the Son of the living God who humbled himself
    to become a son of human family, and let us beseech him:
    Jesus, you became obedient; sanctify us.

Jesus, eternal Word of the Father, you made yourself subject
to Mary and Joseph,
- teach us humility.

You are our teacher, and your own mother pondered in
her heart every one of your words and deeds,
- make us attentive to your word, and let us ponder it in
hearts that are pure and good.

Christ, by your work the world was made, but you were
willing to be called a worker’s son,
- teach us to work diligently.

Jesus, in the family at Nazareth you grew in wisdom, age
and grace before God and men,
- help us to grow in all things toward you, our Head.

Closing Prayer:
God of such faithfulness,
we are a big and messy family;
both as humans - and in my own family.

Help me today to be especially patient and loving,
and to forgive those who have hurt me.
We may not look like "The Holy Family" I see in paintings,
yet we are united with Jesus, Mary and Joseph
because in your great love for us
you sent your son to live in this world
and to share in our human experience.

Sometimes I forget the sacredness of our family life
and the privilege it is to be together in this bond.
Help me not only love others as you love us,
but to be more aware of those families in the world
who struggle so much with poverty, war and disease.

Help me to pray with and for them today
and to carry an awareness of all families fleeing for safety,
longing for the peace you offer to us all.

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

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Monday

Sixth Day in the Christmas Octave - December 30
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the Nativity of your Son
established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion,
grant, we pray, that we may be numbered
among those who belong to him,
in whom is the fullness of human salvation.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ne God, for ever and ever. *

Today's Readings

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 2:28

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 1:26

Jesus baptizes us the the Holy Spirit. All that has prepared us for his coming
give 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 direct our prayers to Christ,
the heavenly man and the new Adam,
who became a life-giving spirit:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, Sun of Justice, you revealed your glory in our human nature
in order to bring to perfection the old covenant,
- we ask you to pour out your light upon us.

Christ, you were glorified by the angels, announced by the shepherds,
confessed and proclaimed by Simeon and Anna,
- let your Gospel be accepted by the people of the promise.

Christ, when you were born,
angels sang glory to God in the highest and peace on earth,
- we ask you to spread your peace throughout the world.

Christ, as the new Adam you gave new life to the old man
and prepared for us a dwelling place in your kingdom,
- may those overwhelmed by evil be encouraged by hope in you.

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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Tuesday

Seventh Day in the Christmas Octave - December 31
Daily Prayer

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

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
who in the Nativity of your Son
established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion,
grant, we pray, that we may be numbered
among those who belong to him,
in whom is the fulness of human salvation.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of hte Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
*

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 in the Holy Spirit.
His baptism prepares us for his coming among us now
and it 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.

Intercessions:

Let us direct our prayers to Christ,
the heavenly man and the new Adam,
who became a life-giving spirit:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, Sun of Justice, you revealed your glory in our human nature
in order to bring to perfection the old covenant,
- we ask you to pour out your light upon us.

Christ, you were glorified by the angels, announced by the shepherds,
confessed and proclaimed by Simeon and Anna,
- let your Gospel be accepted by the people of the promise.

Christ, when you were born,
angels sang glory to God in the highest and peace on earth,
- we ask you to spread your peace throughout the world.

Christ, as the new Adam you gave new life to the old man
and prepared for us a dwelling place in your kingdom,
- may those overwhelmed by evil be encouraged by hope in you.

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

January 1
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God


World Day of Prayer for Peace
Titular Feast Day of the Society of Jesus

Daily Prayer

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

Collect:
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary
bestowed on the human race
the grace of eternal salvation,
grant, we pray,
that we may experience the intercession of her,
through whom we were found worthy
to receive the author of life,
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.
*

Pope Francis' World Day of Peace message: "Fraternity: the Foundation and Pathway to Peace"

Today's Readings

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:
Let us give glory to Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
and let us pray to him:
    Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.

Christ born of the Virgin Mary,
you are the Wonder-Counselor and Prince of Peace,
- give your peace to the world.Our King and our God, you have raised us up by your coming
- help us to honor you all the days of our lives,
by our faith and our deeds.

You made yourself like us,
- in your mercy, grant that we may become more like you. You made yourself a citizen of our earthly city,
- grant that we may become citizens of our true homeland, your Kingdom in Heaven.

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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Thursday
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 joyfully invoke the Son of God, our Redeemer,
who became man in order to restore man:
Be with us, Emmanuel.

Jesus, Son of the living God, King of glory, and Son of the Virgin Mary,
- brighten this day with the glory of your incarnation.

Jesus, Wonder-Counselor, Mighty-God, Father of the future, Prince of peace,
- direct our lives according to the holiness of your human nature.

Jesus, all-powerful, patient, obedient, meek and humble of heart,
- show the power of your gentleness to all.

Jesus, Father of the poor, immeasurable goodness, our way and our life,
- grant your Church the spirit of poverty.

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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  Friday
Second Week of Christmas - January 3
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 # 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:
Let us glorify the Word of God who was revealed in the flesh,
appeared to the angels, and was proclaimed to the nations.
Let us faithfully acknowledge him:
We adore you, only-begotten Son of the Father.

Liberator of mankind, through the Virgin Mary you came to renew us,
- through her intercession keep us from our old ways.

You made your uncreated justice radiate from heaven to earth,
- direct our days and our nights in the brightness of the Sun.

Son of God, you have shown us the Father’s love,
- help us to show him to one another by our love.

You chose to dwell with us,
- make us worthy of your companionship.

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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  Saturday
Second Week of Christmas - January 4
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 # 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:
Let us joyfully invoke the Son of God, our Redeemer,
who became man in order to restore man:
Be with us, Emmanuel.

Jesus, Son of the living God, King of glory, and Son of the Virgin Mary,
- brighten this day with the glory of your incarnation.

Jesus, Wonder-Counselor, Mighty-God, Father of the future, Prince of peace,
- direct our lives according to the holiness of your human nature.

Jesus, all-powerful, patient, obedient, meek and humble of heart,
- show the power of your gentleness to all.

Jesus, Father of the poor, immeasurable goodness, our way and our life,
- grant your Church the spirit of poverty.

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