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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 11:21 AM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

We’re about to step into The New Year.  This time around, The New Year begins on Sunday, December 2.  Yup, Advent is the start of The New Year in the church calendar.  Or at least in the Western Church calendar.  Some streams of Christianity don’t “do Advent” at all.  Others have an extended Advent – 40 days rather than 4 weeks like we do.

Regardless, Advent is almost here.  Christmas has not arrived.  And it won’t arrive until December 25 and THEN it lasts for 12 days.  Our culture really doesn’t do it that way, does it?

Below are 5 prayers, one for each week of Advent and then the 5th for the 12 days of Christmas.  I invite you to pray them daily as the weeks of Advent prepare us for the coming Incarnation – Truth Being Enfleshed In The World.

peace to you

1 ADVENT              

ALMIGHTY GOD, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

2 ADVENT             

MERCIFUL GOD, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

3 ADVENT              

STIR UP YOUR POWER, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

4 ADVENT           

PURIFY OUR CONSCIENCE, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

CHRISTMAS            

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.

 

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