Advent Prayers
 


Come, long-expected Jesus. 
Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your
Father and ours. 
Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord
who enlists me in God's own work for justice. 

Come, long-expected Jesus. 
Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world,
peace in my home, peace in myself. 

Come, long-expected Jesus. 
Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. 
I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and
love. 

Come, long-expected Jesus. 
Excite in me the joy and love and peace
it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. 
Raise in me, too,
sober reverence for the God who acted there,
hearty gratitude for the life begun there,
and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son. 

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
whose advent I hail.



Jesus, our Lord, save me from my sins. Come, protect me from all dangers and lead me to salvation.

Come! Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: teach me to walk in the paths of knowledge!

Come! Leader of ancient Israel, giver of the Law of Moses on Sinai: rescue me with Your mighty power!

Come! Flower of Jesse's stem, sign of God's love for all His people: save me without delay!

Come! Key of David, opening the gates of God's eternal Kingdom: free the prisoners of darkness!

Come, Emmanuel, God's presence among us, our King, our Judge: save us, Lord our God!

Come, King of all nations, source of Your Church's unity and faith: save all mankind, Your own creation!

Come, Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, Sun of Justice: shine on those lost in the darkness of death!

Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to Your people who trust in Your love. By Your coming, raise us to the joy of Your Kingdom, where You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.  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 heart 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.


Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. 


Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time.  Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow, for he is Lord for ever 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 our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world.  May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him.  May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  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, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.  Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  Amen.


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 heave, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son.  Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.


O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
O guide of the flock of Joseph!
Rouse your power, and come to save us.
O Lord of hosts, restore us,
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.
O Lord of hosts, how long will you burn with anger
while your people pray?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
O Lord of hosts, restore us,
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.


 

Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours.  Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice. 

Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. 

Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy.  I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love. 

Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord.  Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son. 

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail.  Amen.


Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son.  Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.


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 heave, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.  Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  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, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world.  May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him.  May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  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 our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


 

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time.  Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow, for he is Lord for ever and ever.  Amen.


Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  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 heart 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.


Family Advent Prayers

Family prayers are the best way to strengthen the "church in miniature." Choosing prayers that are directed towards the liturgical season, such as these Advent prayers, can help the family members have a richer spiritual appreciation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. 

In order to correspond more closely to the mind of Holy Mother Church during this important season, our night prayers consist of the Mass Collect for the day, a psalm or reading from the Advent prophets, and an Advent hymn.  Children particularly love psalms, once they have learned that they are the prayers our Lord Himself said when He was a boy on earth.  One of the children's favorites is:

O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
O guide of the flock of Joseph!
Rouse your power, and come to save us.
O Lord of hosts, restore us,
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.
O Lord of hosts, how long will you burn with anger
while your people pray?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
O Lord of hosts, restore us,
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.

Another prayer children enjoy is a prophecy from Isaias.  It refers to Christ as the Root of Jesse, the thirsty plant, in whose honor we use evergreens during Advent and Christmas.  It also gives the genealogy of the Savior:

A Root shall come forth from the stock of Jesse
And a Flower shall rise out of his root!
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him —
the spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the spirit of counsel and of fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and of godliness.
The people that walked in darkness
shall see a great light,
For a Child is born to us
and a Son is given to us.
To Him all power shall be given. 
His Name shall be: Wonderful One,
Strong God, Eternal One, Prince of Peace. 
He shall sit on the throne of David,
And He will found a new Covenant
which will last for ever and ever.

Isaias also gives us two Advent prayers which are appropriate before grace at meals for this season.  Mornings and at noon we use the versicle of Lauds "which is as it were a spur making us conscious of the particular mystery of the season." Before grace the mother prays:

Mother: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord. 

All answer: Make straight His paths.

This is also the particular prayer we use in preparing each child for our Lord's coming in First Holy Communion.  It is therefore especially dear to the family. 

At the evening meal we use the Vespers versicle which is "a sedative, soothing our hearts in spiritual repose." Before grace the father says:

Father: Drop down dew, ye heavens above, and let the clouds rain the Just One. 

All answer: Let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.

Here again the versicle is familiar because we sing the words during evening prayers. 

 

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