On Saturday I received a wonderful letter from Tom Muscatello with the Anthonians at St. Adalbert Friary in New York. Tom caught us up on Father Mario’s latest adventures traveling with St. Anthony’s first-class relics and included “some Advent prayers for your pleasure.”
O shepherd of Israel, hearken. O guide of the flock of Joseph, rouse your power and come to save us! O Lord of hosts, restore us. If your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe. O Lord of hosts, how long will you burn with anger while your people pray? You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in ample measure. You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. O Lord of hosts, restore us. If your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate the feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
To Our Lady… O Mother of Advent, be with us and see to it that he will remain with us in our difficult struggles for truth and hope, for justice and peace: He alone, Emmanuel.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of your father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service to the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the father’s joy. I seek his will so I can serve with gladness, singing, and love. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy, love, and peace to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and the Son. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ whose advent I hail. Amen.
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to heart the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of love and mercy, help us to follow the example of Mary, always ready to do your will. At the message of an angel she welcomed your eternal Son and, filled with the light of your Spirit, she became the temple of your Word who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Gracious God, you bring glad tidings to the poor. Create in us this Advent season the desire to help those in need that we may recognize in them the face of Christ. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, you are our eternal salvation, the unfailing light of the world. Light everlasting, you are truly our redemption. Grieving that the human race was perishing through the tempter’s power, without leaving the heights you came to the depths in your loving kindness. Readily taking our humanity by your gracious will, you saved all earthly creatures long since lost, restoring joy to the world. Redeem our souls and bodies, O Christ, and so possess us as your shining dwellings. By your first coming, make us righteous; at your second coming, set us free so that, when the world is filled with light and you judge all things, we may be clad in spotless robes and follow in your steps, O King, into the heavenly hall. Amen.
Lord, our God, we praise you for your son, Jesus Christ. He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people. He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” Amen.
Merciful Father, you have given us your Son as your loving presence in this world. Create in our hearts the room for your love to grow. Forgive our shortcomings, and prepare our hearts for your coming. We ask this in the name Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
O God, who gladdens us by the annual expectation of our redemption, grant that we, who now receive with joy your only begotten son as our redeemer, may behold him without fear when he comes as our judge, even the same Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Son of God, You are the light of the world. Shine your light on all our choices this day. Create in us the ability to let your light shine forth for others. We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of your only begotten son, that we may attain to serve you with purified minds, through his advent. Who with you lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Wise and loving God, that I may come to know you more deeply and that others may come to know you through me, pervade and penetrate my entire being. Make me a pure emanation of your glory, a radiant reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of your presence in the world, an image of your goodness. Lord, help me to live with your wisdom and not my own, that I may be a beacon of your friendship for others. Amen.
To obtain favors… Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of our savior, Jesus Christ, and of his blessed mother. Amen.
This prayer, dating back to 1897, may be recited throughout the day from the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30) until Christmas.
December 17, 2013
“Advent is the season of the secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of divine love growing in silence” (Caryll Houselander).
November 30, 2013
Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.… It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope (Pope Benedict XVI).
November 28, 2015
O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth your blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from you abundant graces. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (Blessing for Advent wreath).
November 29, 2015
Advent is the season of the presence and expectation of the eternal. For this very reason it is in a particular way a period of joy… joy in the fact that God made himself a child. This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence (Pope Benedict XVI).
December 10, 2015
Jesus, you are our light. When you came into our world, you made it a brighter place. Help us each day to make brighter and happier the lives of the people we live with, learn with, play with, and pray with. Amen (RCL Benziger enewsletter).
December 20, 2015
Mary went without delay to communicate her joy to her cousin, Elizabeth…. This is the real commitment of Advent: to bring joy to others. Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money (Pope Benedict XVI).
December 23, 2015
Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man (Pope Francis).
St. Joseph Church – Port Aransas, TX
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