Almighty ever-living God,
as we see how the Nativity of your Son
according to the flesh draws near,
we pray that to us, your unworthy servants,
mercy may flow from your Word,
who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary
and establish among us his dwelling,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Mary could become the “temple of God’s Word”
because she was so ready to do God’s will.
As we approach this anniversary of our redemption,
let’s spend the day placing our life in God’s hands
embracing the ways he will come to us
and let us be his instruments for others.
Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
To Christ our Lord, the light of the world , let us cry
Come Lord Jesus!
Dispel our darkness with the light of your presence,
– and make us worthy of your gifts.
Save us, Lord our God,
– that we may praise your holy name this day.
Enkindle in our hearts the flame of your love,
– and make us long to be united with you.
You bore our infirmity,
-aid the sick and those who are to die this day.
God with us,
Our King and Lawgiver,
the expected of the nations and their Saviour:
Come to save us, O Lord our God.
You have touched me;
you are God-with-Me.
Thank you for these weeks of prayer.
In the spirit of the season
my waiting, my patience,
Refine and purify my heart
with the hottest flame of your love.
Give me the courage of your prophets
and let me do what is right
even when others don’t understand.
Bless my heart with generosity
and make me ready to receive you.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.