Advent Prayer

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Advent begins this Sunday, December 3. We invite you to join us in praying this prayer to help orient our minds and hearts to Him. 

 

Redeemer, Messiah, Savior—Your people always long for You, yet we often fail to give in to that longing or seek to satisfy it with worldly things. 

We beg of You, this Advent, to come to our aid and to draw our hearts to the only Love that satisfies—the only Love worthy of our longing. 

As Advent prepares us and then reveals the celebration of Your coming, may we, by an infusion of Your Holy Spirit, rejoice that, as the Star of Bethlehem pierced the darkness of the heavens, it also pierces and heals the darkness of our hearts. 

May this infusion of your heavenly light more fully reveal Your Presence, Your love, Your redemption as we live in and through Your light and reveal Your love to those You have placed in our care.  May we also remember that You will come again and that every year, You draw us to contemplate our last end, so that we may reflect on our “yes” to You, and thereby ensure, by Your revelation and grace, that it grows every day in preparation for that final embrace of eternity. 

Jesus, our hearts long for You far less that they should.  Please renew us now and in this season of your coming, that we might be prepared for our final judgment and thus hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant."

Come, Lord Jesus, Come. 

Amen. 

 

Image: Gerónimo Antonio de Ezquerra, “The Visitation,” by 1737 (photo: Public Domain)

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