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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:

Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem dwell secure.
We begin Advent coming to the Lord who promises to keep us safe. In awe we say:

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul!”
Psalm 25

Let's begin this week with a deeply felt prayer.
Even if we don't know exactly what we need or long for,
today, let's try to express our desire for God's help and assistance.

The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah  Jeremiah 33

He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.

Psalm 25


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

December 17th

Collect:

O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature,
who willed that your Word should take flesh
in a 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

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.

O WISDOM,
You came forth from the mouth of the Most High
and reaching from beginning to end,
You ordered all things mightly 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 peace 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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Daily Advent Prayer
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

December 18th

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who are weighed down from of old
by slavery beneath the yolk 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:
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.

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

December 19th

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 wonderous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son,
w
ho lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever
.
*

Today's Readings

Meditation:

"My love shall never leave you.
"Raise a glad cry ...
"Break forth in jubilant song ...
"Fear not ..."

Our God loves us - with "enduring love."
Our God is in a relationship with us that is faithful, forgiving, healing.
Let us accept it, surrender to its power, and feel the joy
and freedom growing in our hearts.

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.   Ps. 30

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Christ is the wisdom and power of God, and his delight is to
    be with the children of men.  With confidence, let us pray:
    Draw near us, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have called us to your glorious kingdom,
- make us walk worthily, pleasing God in all we do.

You who stand unknown among us,
- reveal yourself to men and women.

You are nearer to us than we to ourselves,
- strengthen our faith and our hope of salvation.

You are the source of holiness,
- keep us holy and without sin now and until the day
    of your coming.

O ROOT OF JEESE,
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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Daily Advent Prayer
“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

December 20th

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:
The Lord is coming from heaven in splendor to visit his people,
and bring them peace and eternal life.

We ask to be guided by his love.
He comes to us in more and more ways
as our longing grows.
At the same time, we are being prepared to receive even more grace
that we might be faithful in our daily lives.

Jesus is the Light that shines in the midst of any darkness and witnesses to us that he is being sent to us by his heavenly Father.
May we open our hearts to his coming.

Behold the king will come, the Lord of earth: and he will set us free.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Through his son, God the father revealed his glory to men and women.
Therefore, let our joyful cry resound:
Lord, may your name be glorified.

Teach us, Lord, to love each other,
- as Christ loved us for God's glory.

Fill us with all joy and peace and faith,
- that we may walk in the hope and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Help all of men and women,
Lord, in your loving mercy,
- be near to those who seek you without knowing it.

You call and sanctify the elect,
- though we are sinners, crown us with eternal happiness.

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

December 21st

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:

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 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 DAWN OF THE EAST,
brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice;
Come, and enlighten those who sit in darkeness
and in 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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* New English translation according to the Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal. 2010,
Copyright International Commission on English in the Liturgy.