1st Sunday of Advent Year A
Let us pray with longing and waiting for the coming of the Lord:
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 Saviour 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.
To you, my God, I lift my soul.
Lord, increase our longing for Christ our Saviour, and give us the strength to grow in love.
Old Opening Prayer
They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation and there will be no more training for war.
Let us give up what we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.
Let us see, O lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.
… stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. … Therefore, you must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
I begin my prayer by looking back at the past year, noticing any significant joys or sorrows and how God has been with me in these.
I give thanks and ask for the faith and hope to entrust my whole life to God whatever the future may hold.
I pray the Opening Prayer once or twice, making its desires my own.
I notice what touches me and talk with God about what I feel. I choose the phrase which means most to me, repeating it slowly and with longing, allowing God to move my heart.
I wait in silence and emptiness for God’s ‘coming’ in my prayer in whatever way he chooses.