earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ever faithful to your promises
and ever close to your Church,
the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming
and looks forward with longing
to his return at the end of time.
our hearts and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope
which his presence will bestow,
for he is Lord for ever and ever.
Opening Prayer, Third Sunday of Advent.