Tag Archives: Advent

For Prayers Such As These For Advent

Before I became a Catholic, I had no idea what Advent meant. It was just another one of those weird, mysterious, Catholic words for a time in the year before Christmas. Nowadays, I appreciate it more because I understand that … Continue reading

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For Thoughts and a Prayer for Advent by Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis is one of the people whose writings helped bring me into the Church. Now that Advent is upon us, I’d like to share with you his thoughts on the Advent season. This is from his A Meditation … Continue reading

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An Advent Mix (Music for Mondays)

It’s the first week of Advent, and though by no means is this the definitive Advent Music mix, I hope you will enjoy it. We have a couple of versions of a timeless classic, Matthew Maher, an unknown group, an … Continue reading

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O Emmanuel (God with Us)

  “O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.”

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Because God Became Human To Save Us All

The title of this post says it all. Why bother becoming a Christian unless you believe this? “God became human to save us all.” And if you do believe it, why not practice the ancient faith of the earliest Christians? … Continue reading

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O Oriens (Radiant Dawn)

Sorry, Mayans. No one knows the day or hour, see? So as dawn breaks we pray, “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”

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O Clavis David (Key of David)

“O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive … Continue reading

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O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)

“O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.”

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O Adonai (LORD)

O Adonai: “O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.”

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An Advent Prayer

By Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each … Continue reading

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