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This prayer can be prayed every day until Christmas!

Christmas Anticipation Prayer

Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.

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, I beseech Thee, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,


25 posted on 12/05/2006 9:49:01 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Monday, December 4

First Monday of Advent

The Bond between Authority and Obedience

Jesus expressed amazement at the faith of the centurion – a faith that came from his understanding of the relationship between authority and obedience. His soldiers obeyed him because he was obedient to Caesar and there he had the entire weight of the Roman Empire behind his commands. The centurion saw that Jesus had supernatural authority. It came from his obedience to God the Father. For the centurion, the link between obedience and authority was obvious. We live in confusing times when many are losing their faith. They listen to the world and ask, “Why doesn’t the Church change this or that teaching?” Some seem to think that the Church’s teachings should be decided by a poll. But the Church is the Body of Christ and it is under authority. It must be obedient to God. It can’t make up new teaching or change old ones. If it did, it would lose its authority and become one opinion among many. Before we receive communion we remember the words of the centurion: “Lord, I am not worthy.” We can receive this marvelous gift because the priest has the authority to change ordinary bread into the Blessed Sacrament. He has this authority because the Church has the authority to ordain priests. The authority comes from obedience.


Reflection based on Matthew 8:5-11

Dale “O’Leary

Loving Father, help me to follow the authority that you put in my life so that by my obedience I may bear a more perfect likeness of you.

26 posted on 12/05/2006 6:43:49 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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