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Friday of the Third Week of Advent – 22 December

Friday of the Third Week of Advent – 22 December

“The Lord is at hand – come let us adore Him.”

Daily Meditation:
.…But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers...Psalm 1:2-3

We ask to be guided by His love.
He comes to us in more and more ways
as our longing grows.
At the same time, we are being prepared to receive even more grace
that we might be faithful in our daily lives.
Jesus is the Light that shines
in the midst of any darkness.
May we open our hearts to His coming.

Come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
Through His son, God the father revealed His glory to men and women.
Therefore, let our joyful cry resound:
Lord, may Your name be glorified.
Teach us, Lord, to love each other,
– as Christ loved us for God’s glory.
Fill us with all joy and peace and faith,
– that we may walk in the hope and strength of the Holy Spirit.
Help all of men and women,
Lord, in Your loving mercy,
– be near to those who seek You without knowing it.
You call and sanctify the elect,
– though we are sinners, crown us with eternal happiness.

O KING OF ALL NATIONS
and keystone of the Church
come and save man,
whom You formed from the dust!o king of all nations - 22 dec 2017

Closing Prayer:
Jesus, You shine a light into the darkness of my life.
I am like a plant in limited sun,
and I find my being turning toward You
longing to be closer,
wanting only to draw near.
Help me to be faithful
in the big decisions of my life
and in the smallest of ways I live out each day.
My goal is salvation, Lord,
and I am painfully aware I can’t do that myself.
Teach me to be patient, to be faithful.
I know there is so much more grace I need
and so much more you want to give me.
Help me to be open to it and to recognise
the many gifts You give me each day.
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.
Amen.Friday of the third week - 22 dec 2017

 

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Thursday of the Third Week of Advent – 21 December

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent – 21 December
“The Lord is at hand, come let us adore Him.”

Meditation:
My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone…”...Song of Solomon 2:10-11

Our God loves us – with “enduring love.”
Our God is in a relationship with us that is faithful, forgiving, healing.
Let us accept it, surrender to its power, and feel the joy
and freedom growing in our hearts.

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me... Psalm. 30

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
Christ is the wisdom and power of God and His delight is to
be with the children of men. With confidence, let us pray:
Draw near us, Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, You have called us to Your glorious kingdom,
– make us walk worthily, pleasing God in all we do.
You who stand unknown among us,
– reveal yourself to men and women.
You are nearer to us than we to ourselves,
– strengthen our faith and our hope of salvation.
You are the source of holiness,
– keep us holy and without sin now and until the day
of Your coming.

O Radiant Dawn,
splendour of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those
who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of deatho radiant dawn - 21 dec 2017

Closing Prayer:
God of salvation,
You promise us strength
and courage in our lives
if only I ask.
You forgive me
and touch me with Your enduring love.
My past life does not matter.
You have forgiven me
and You love me with such tenderness.
As I ponder the blessings of the days ahead,
and am so grateful for Your forgiveness,
I ask to feel the jubilation and song
break out in my life today.
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.
Amen.thursday of the third week of advent - 21 dec 2017

 

 

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Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day Four – 19 December

Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day Four – 19 December

Day Four
The Life Of Humiliation Which Jesus Led From His Birth.

Reflection:
The Sign which the angel gave the shepherds to help them find the newborn Saviour, points to His lowliness:  “This shall be a sign to you:  you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  No other newborn baby who was wrapped in poor swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, a feeding trough for animals, could be found anywhere else but in a stable.   Thus in lowliness the King of heaven, the Son of God, chose to be born, because He came to destroy the pride that had been the cause of man’s ruin.
The prophets had already foretold that our Redeemer was to be treated as the vilest of men on earth and that He was to be overwhelmed with insults.   How much contempt had not Jesus indeed to suffer from men!   He was called a drunkard, a trickster, a blasphemer and a heretic.   What ignominies He endured in His Passion!   His own disciples abandoned Him;  one of them sold Him for thirty pieces of silver and another denied having ever known Him.   He was led in bonds through the streets like a criminal; He was scourged like a slave, ridiculed as a fool, crowned with thorns as a mock king, buffeted and spit upon and finally left to die, hanging on a cross between two thieves, as the worst criminal in the world.   “The noblest of all,” says Saint Bernard, “is treated as the vilest of all.”   But the Saint adds, “The viler Thou are treated, the dearer Thou art to me.   The more I see Thee, my Jesus, despised and put to shame, the more dear and worthy of my love dost Thou become to me.”DAY FOUR NOVENA TO THE CHRIST CHILD - 19 DEC 2017 - NO 2

Prayer:
O Dearest Saviour,
You have embraced so many outrages
for love of me,
yet I have not been able to bear one word of insult
without at once being filled with resentful thought,
I who have so often deserved to be trodden
under foot by the demons in hell!
I am ashamed to appear before You,
sinful and proud as I am.
Yet do not drive me from Your presence, O Lord,
even though that is what I deserve.
You have said, that You will not spurn,
a contrite and humbled heart.
I am sorry for the offenses
I have committed against You.
Forgive me, O Jesus. I will not offend You again.
For love of me You have borne so many injuries;
for love of You, I will bear all the injuries that are done to me.
I love You, Jesus, who was despised for love of me.
I love You above every other good.
Give me the grace to love You always
and to bear every insult for love of You.
O Mary, recommend me to your Son;
pray to Jesus for me.
Amen.

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One Minute Reflection- 19 December – Tuesday of Gaudete Week

One Minute Reflection- 19 December – Tuesday of Gaudete Week

Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked…Psalm 71:3-4apsalm 71-3 - 19 dec 2017

REFLECTION – “‘The Lord is near!’   What can the whole year offer us more precious, lovely and joyful?   Christmas is the shining Feast of nature and of life, full of grace and charm.   Everything comes to us from that Child whom his Mother gives to every one of us and presents to the whole world!” …St Pope John XXIIIthe lord is near - st john XXIII - 19 dec 2017

PRAYER – Deepen our faith, Lord God, as we celebrate the great mystery of the Incarnation by which You revealed to the world, the splendour of Your glory, through the Virgin Mary, when she gave birth to Your Son.   As we meditate and pray about Your Son’s coming, help us to grasp its meaning in a way that is personal and profound. Through Him whom You sent to save us, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.   Come, Lord Jesus! Amenrejoice - 19 dec 2017

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Tuesday of Gaudete Week – 19 December 2017

Tuesday of Gaudete Week – 19 December 2017
“The Lord is at hand; come, let us adore Him!”

Daily Meditation:
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
for your prayer has been heard.“…Luke 1:13

The Lord’s coming promises us a time
when we need not fear. It will indeed be a time
of purifying, a time of humility and trust in God.
We ask for the grace to be like the child
whose mind is changed and says, “Yes”
to our Lord’s call.
Come, O Lord, do not delay;
forgive the sins of your people.

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
God the almighty Father stretched forth his hand again to
take possession of the remnant of his people. Let us
make our prayer to Him:
Lord, may Your kingdom come.

Lord, grant that our works of penance may please You,
– and that we may be ready for Your kingdom which is so near.
Prepare a path in our hearts for the coming of Your Word,
– and let His glory be revealed among us.
Bring low the mountains of our pride,
– and fill up the valleys of our weakness.
Break down the wall of hatred that divides the nations,
-and make level for mankind the paths to peace.

O ROOT OF JESSE,
that stands for an ensign of the people,
before whom the kings keep silence
and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:
Come, to deliver us, and tarry not.o root of jesse - 19 dec 2017.jpg

Closing Prayer:
Lord of such compassionate wisdom,
How often do I exalt myself and ignore You?
I look over the heads of my more humble brothers and sisters,
not seeing how they rely on You so much more than I do.
Help me to learn from them to make You
the centre of my life.
You invite me to not be ashamed
of what I have done in my life,
but instead offer me a refuge.
Let me call out to you; hear me:
Give me the grace to see those around me
who are brokenhearted.
Guide me in staying with them in their sorrows.
I ask for the courage to help them in all the ways they need it
and to be Your servant on this earth.
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.
Amentuesday of gaudete week - 19 dec 2017

 

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Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.

Daily Meditation:
I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go…Isaiah 48:17-18

In our self-reliant independence, we can easily forget that
our God really knows what is good for us and calls us to that goodness.
In our rebellion, we sometimes cling to our freedom
to be self-destructive or to simply keep our life on a shallow level.
Let’s let ourselves be drawn into the invitation to live our lives
touched by the grace of God-with-us.

Those who follow You, Lord, will have the light of life.  (John 8:12)

Wisdom is vindicated by her works

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer, who comes to save us from our
sins, let us cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus!

The prophets of old foretold Your birth among us,
– now make virtue come to life in us.

We proclaim Your saving work,
– now grant us your salvation.

You came to heal the contrite,
– heal the weakness of Your people.

You came and saw fit to reconcile the world,
– when You come again in judgement, free us from the
torments of punishment.

Closing Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
in the darkness of these Advent nights
let me be guided by the light of Your word.
Give me the humility to be led by You
and the wisdom to learn from You.
I feel Your light in my life
and in the world.
I am grateful for the Saviour who awaits us,
and eagerly await the time of rejoicing.
Let me look forward in hope
and turn to You with great trust,
knowing You will guide my steps
along the unknown path of this day.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”friday of second week - 15 dec 2017

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Thursday of the Second Week of Advent – 14 December 2017

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent – 14 December 2017

“Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.”

Daily Meditation:
The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain
The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and of great kindness.

So often we are “afflicted and needy”
and we seem to “seek water in vain.”
Today we listen to a refreshing promise
of how much our Lord desires to refresh us.
Each of us can fill in what we need the most

I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” …Isaiah 41:13

Whoever has ears ought to hear. ..Matthew 11:15

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:

Your kingship is a kingship for ever, your reign lasts from age to age…Psalm 145:13

Let us pray to God our Father who sent His Son to save
mankind:
Show us Your mercy, Lord.

Father most merciful, we confess our faith in Your Christ
with our words,
– keep us from denying Him in our actions.

You have sent Your Son to rescue us,
– remove every sorrow from the face of the earth and
from our country.

Our land looks forward with delight to the approach of
Your Son,
– let it experience the fullness of your joy.

Through your mercy makes us live holy and chaste lives in
this world,
– eagerly awaiting the blessed hope and coming of Christ
in glory.

Closing Prayer:
Lord, like a loving parent,
You offer me Your comforting hand
Help me to wait for Your coming with patience
and to listen to what You ask of me.
I want so much to be one of “Your people”
and to live my life in You.
Thank You for the way You bless my life.
Thank You for listening to my prayers
and for planting deep in my heart
the knowledge that with You,
nothing is impossible.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

 

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”thursday of the second week advent - 14 dec 2017