People of Zion, behold,
the Lord will come to save the nations,
and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard
in the joy of your heart.
Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem dwell secure.
We begin Advent coming to the Lord who promises to keep us safe. In awe we say:
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul!”
Let’s begin this week with a deeply felt prayer.
Even if we don’t know exactly what we need or long for,
today, let’s try to express our desire for God’s help and assistance.
The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. Jeremiah 33
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
To the Lord Jesus Christ, judge of the living dead,
let us pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus, you came to save sinners,
– protect us in times of temptation.
You will come in glory to be our judge,
– show in us your power to save.
Help us to keep the precepts of your law with the strength
of the Spirit,
– and to look forward in love to your coming.
You are praised throughout the ages; in your mercy help
us to live devoutly and temperately in this life,
– as we wait in joyful hope for the revelation of your
Through the darkness, I look for your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to you.
But sometimes in these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.
Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance you bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life, and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.