Prepare the way of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent

Advent Prayers

“All-powerful, most holy, most high, supreme God: all good, supreme good, totally good, You Who alone are good, may we give You all praise, all glory, all thanks, all honor, all blessing, and all good.  So be it! So be it!  Amen.”

~ from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi

“O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. It is difficult for us to remember that this is a holy time. There are many distractions: commitments seem to pile up, and expectations are high. In the midst of our busy world, our busy lives, we need your help to remind us of what is important and necessary. While many of those things that we do not need will come to us in packages gleaming and bright, the one gift that will last comes from you alone, gracious God, as we grow in our awareness of your love. Bless us, our family and friends, and the food and the company that we share. Increase in us a growing urgency to celebrate the birth of your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen.”

~ from The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook

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Advent Reflection

“Behold the Lord will come . . .  John [the Baptist] knows that God is preparing something very great, something for which he is to be the instrument; and he himself points in the direction that the Holy Spirit shows him. We know much more now about what it was that God had in mind for humanity. We know Christ and His Church, we have the sacraments. The doctrine of salvation has been perfectly marked out for us . . .  We know that the world needs Christ to reign, we know that the happiness and salvation of all mankind depend on Him. We have Christ Himself; the same Christ whom John the Baptist knew and announced. We are witnesses and precursors. We have to bear witness and at the same time we have to show others the way. Our responsibility is great, because to be Christ’s witnesses implies first and foremost that we should try to live our lives according to his doctrine, that we should struggle to make our actions remind others of Jesus and His most loveable personality.”

~from In Conversation with God, Daily Meditations, Volume One: Advent and Christmastide

This article was originally published in December 2012 and updated in 2015. (c) 2012-2015 The Catholic Company.

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  1. says

    I am asking that you ad me to your prayer list. I have been in bad /poor health for such a longtime now.
    I have several health issues that I am being treated for and so I am asking that you please pray for me. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  2. JoAnn Aponte says

    Nancy I am so sorry you are sick & I will pray for you! Merry Christmas to you Hope you start feeling better

  3. Cindy Thompson says

    Please add me to your prayer list, as I am struggling with a great number of things. Thank you

  4. says

    Keep the faith and teach the young about the richness of our faith. Today youths do not know the meaning of sex is sooo wrong outside the sacrament of marriage and it seems to be getting worse. Please pray for our youth….

  5. says

    We need you young people to be roles models to our young on the relationship outside of marriage. They do not know right from wrong…

  6. Denise Laurent says

    I am asking to be added to your prayer list. Actually, it is for my son. He has been trying to find a job since the summer of this year. He has applied to many places, has gone on interviews, but no job yet. I pray he finds a job to support his little family, a job that will make him feel productive and satisfaction. Thank you. God Bless.

  7. De says

    Please remember me in prayers I am facing a very difficult time and am so afraid I need The Lord to intervene and help me

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