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Posted on 12/03/2006 12:12:32 AM PST by Salvation
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Week 1: First Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the Advent Wreath
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile
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Thanks for the bump!
O Lord God, our Father Almighty,
You who were pleased that your only begotton Son
should take flesh from a virgin
and be made man for our salvation,
You who sent your angel Gabriel to the holy Virgin Mary
with the good tidings of his conception,
You were the one who had decided that before all ages
that she should be the instrument of such a great mystery.
By her prayers,
and those of all your saints,
announce to our souls the good news,
the glad tidings of the forgiveness of sins
through your grace and mercy and and love.
Speak peace to your people,
Help us walk the path that will make us well pleasing in your sight
through your kindness and mercy,
and may our feet never stray
from the road to your heavenly kingdom
opened up to us through the mercy and love of Jesus your Son
for a sad and suffering mankind.
O Lord, during this advent season,
soften our hearts,
open our eyes,
and may we ponder the truth of a God who truly loves us,
this day, and always.
Thank you Salvation for the links and prayers and beautiful images. May God continue to bless you and yours during the advent season :-). I love the flickering candle, what a a grand and warm light. Thanks again!
Thank you, kac for the prayer/poem.
Week 1: Monday
Many peoples shall come and say: "Come, let us climb the Lords mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths." For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)
Christ is the ultimate center of meaning in the universe. It is through Christ that all people will be led to the Father. How can we hope to achieve a world in which all will seek the path of God? Only when men and women are working to achieve the unity that Christs redemption promises us.
Perform an act of kindness for someone you do not know.
Lord, help me be at home with You, that I may listen to Your word and walk in Your way.
Ah, time for the Advent thread again. Such a blessing, that you post this every year, Salvation.
Thanks for your kind words.
I love the burning candle at the top of this thread, the way it flickers makes me feel like it's real!
The admonition to "feed the hungry" reminds me of the alternative gift giving programs involving livestock for the Third World that many congregations sponsor, where you can make even a small donation and buy shares of livestock, such as bees, rabbits, chickens, cows, etc. You receive a bookmark in return picturing the animal that you've helped purchase. Good gifts to stuff in Christmas cards.
May the first candle of Advent light a flame of hope in this dark world. Hallelujah, Christ the Savior is born!
Had not heard of that before.
I am putting a variety of information on one thread this year!
Daily Reflections above
Sunday, December 3
First Sunday of Advent
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
Jesus said to his disciples:
There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.
The Gospel of the Lord.