Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Week of Advent



“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  

Blessed are you who believed 
that what was spoken to you by the Lord 
would be fulfilled.” Luke 1 
On this last Sunday of Advent, 

we quietly reflect on the mystery. 

We rest in awe, in wonder, 
at how our God entered our world and came to be with us. 
We pause to receive the gift offered us: 
that the Spirit of God will open up our lives and 
that Jesus will really come into our hearts. 
May we have watchful hope today, 

believing what the Lord promises us. 

Let us pray today, that we might be God's servants, 
that we might be instruments of God's love 
for our families and all we serve this week. 
...Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,, 

     cried out in a loud voice and said, 

     “Blessed are you among women
       and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”  Luke 1 
Lord, make us turn to you; 

     let us see your face and be saved Psalm 80

... from you shall come forth for me

    one who is to be ruler in Israel;

    whose origin is from ancient times.  Micah 5
O LORD AND RULER 

of the House of Israel, 

who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 

Shall come to thee, O Israel! 

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