by Fr. Henri Nouwen
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparation for Christmas.
We who have so much to do
seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things
look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for
the complete joy of your Kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy
seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people,
walking in darkness yet seeking the light.
To you we say
"Come, Lord Jesus."
Sharing Your Light from
Family Works, a publication of the Center for Youth Ministry Development
Lord, God, we look forward to the coming of Your Son. We rejoice in His peace. We rejoice in His justice. We rejoice in His love. He will lead us out of darkness into the light. May we live our lives in His light and love. AMEN.
Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles by William G. Storey, from
A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions
All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good, that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the Kingdom of Heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.