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Advent 2010 -- Day by Day
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Posted on 11/27/2010 8:29:20 PM PST by Salvation

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Week 4: Sunday

Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

Reflection

Sometimes the signs God gives are unmistakable. Sometimes the signs are not so obvious. What signs do we see when we look around us? Sometimes it is hard to see God’s signs because the signs of our world are so ever present and large. How many times this month have you seen this sign: "ONLY 20 (or 18, or 10, or 6 or…) MORE SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS." Do we ever stop to think, "How many praying days left until Christmas?"

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.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,
let your blessing come upon us as we light  all candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.

Advent Action

Look around you for a sign of God’s presence. When you find it, share it with someone.

Prayer

O come, O Key of David, come And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery.


51 posted on 12/18/2010 10:09:23 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today is Day Four of the Christmas Novena.



52 posted on 12/18/2010 10:10:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Three of the O Antiphons

Praising the Names of Jesus: The Antiphons of Advent

O Radix Jesse

53 posted on 12/18/2010 10:27:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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December 2
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
 
[Luke 1:27 -31]

Reflection

What should Christians look like to the world in which we live? How could other people know by our words and actions that we are followers of Christ? What should make us distinctive and stand out from non-Christians? How can we be the light of the world and the salt of the earth as our Lord says we should be?

Advent Action

If we are to teach by example, make plans to teach someone  during the Holiday season. A child or friend could learn by your actions.

Prayer

Lord, clarify my vision that I may see You in others and sense You within my own soul.


54 posted on 12/19/2010 9:59:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today is Day Five of the Christmas Novena.


Christmas Novena

55 posted on 12/19/2010 9:59:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Fourth Day of the O Antiphons — O Clavis David

O Key of David


56 posted on 12/19/2010 10:00:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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December 21

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty Savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Reflection

The reading from Zephaniah expresses in poetic language the boundless love God has for each of us. In some translations the words say "God will exult over you!" It is surely God’s desire that someday we will all be with Him in heaven. No matter what happened before, God is ready each moment to show us this love. The words of Zephaniah and our celebration of Christmas should bring us to a deeper awareness of how profound is God’s love for us.

Advent Action

Send a get-well card to someone in the hospital.

Prayer

O come, O Dayspring from on high And cheer us by your drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadow put to flight.


57 posted on 12/20/2010 10:52:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today is Day Six of the Christmas Novena.


 

Christmas Novena
58 posted on 12/20/2010 10:52:47 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Five of the O Antiphons — O Oriens

O Radiant Dawn or O Dayspring


59 posted on 12/20/2010 10:53:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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December 21

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty Savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Reflection

The reading from Zephaniah expresses in poetic language the boundless love God has for each of us. In some translations the words say "God will exult over you!" It is surely God’s desire that someday we will all be with Him in heaven. No matter what happened before, God is ready each moment to show us this love. The words of Zephaniah and our celebration of Christmas should bring us to a deeper awareness of how profound is God’s love for us.

Advent Action

Send a get-well card to someone in the hospital.

Prayer

O come, O Dayspring from on high And cheer us by your drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadow put to flight.


60 posted on 12/22/2010 8:59:13 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Christmas Novena

 

Today is Day Seven of the Christmas Novena.



61 posted on 12/22/2010 9:00:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Six of the O Antiphons
 
O Rex Gentium
 
King of all Nations, King of the Gentiles

62 posted on 12/22/2010 9:00:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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December 23

Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

Reflection

For children, these last days of waiting are probably the hardest. The goal is in sight now, but it is still far enough away to make the wait seem endless.
When we are grown, waiting for Christmas is not a major problem. Nevertheless, as the day approaches even grownups feel the urgency in the air. As we anticipate the celebration of Christmas, let us look around us. Are those around us anticipating joy and happiness or loneliness and depression?

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.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,
let your blessing come upon us as we light all candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
 

Advent Action

Find someone who is not anticipating the holiday with joy and attempt to brighten their outlook.

Prayer

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears.


63 posted on 12/22/2010 11:56:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today is Day Eight of the Christmas Novena.


 

Christmas Novena

64 posted on 12/22/2010 11:57:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Last day of the O Antiphons
O Emanuel — God with us


65 posted on 12/22/2010 11:58:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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December 24

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people. (Luke 1:68)

Reflection

As soon as Jesus was born, visitors began to come. First it was the shepherds. Then the wise men. Then Simeon and Anna. Then even the soldiers of Herod were sent to find Him. Together these visitors represent the people of every nation, coming by every possible path and conveyance to see Christ.  These words of Zechariah’s Canticle, cited above, remind us that it was impossible to contain God in heaven. Through Jesus, He "visited" and "brought redemption" to us. He continues through Jesus and through us to dwell in our world today. When people look at us, do they think of Jesus?

Advent Action

Thank God for the gift of His Son, Jesus.

Prayer

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Lord, may we rejoice that Jesus Christ is born anew in our hearts and in our home. Amen.


66 posted on 12/23/2010 11:18:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Christmas Novena

Today is Day Nine of the Christmas Novena.



67 posted on 12/23/2010 11:19:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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