Advent Prayer

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional and memory within us, namely, the memory of a child through the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is to continually rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken our own heart’s memory so that it can discern within it the star of hope.… It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open in us doors of hope. Response Leader: May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into our lives and our world. May we respond faithfully to our call L: to be witnesses of God’s active presence in our world by the love we extend to others; R: to be precursors of his justice by our unfailing commitment to what is right and good; L: to be lamps reflecting the light of God’s forgiveness, mercy and compassion; R: to be sowers of justice and peace through our humble and dedicated servanthood. Leader: I wonder at the wisdom and power of God who comes to us in humble poverty. May my service to others be a part of your work of justice in the world. Come, long-expected One. I hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected One. I seek your strength and guidance so that I can serve my brothers and sisters in ways that most meet their real needs. Come, long-expected One. Raise in me a reverence for my own supreme dignity and worth because I share in our common humanity. Come, long-expected One. Closing Prayer O God, source of all hope, we await patiently the fullness of your kingdom to come in time and in history. Make us your instruments of help and your messengers of hope for our world, so that your kingdom of peace and justice might be more present among us. May the transforming mercy and love of God be born anew in our hearts and our world. Amen.

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