3rd Sunday of Advent Year A
Let us pray this Advent for joy and hope in the coming Lord.
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Saviour’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.
Rejoice in the Lord always! Indeed, the Lord is near.
Strengthen all weary hands, steady all trembling knees and say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid. Look, your God is coming.’
You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor.
Say to the anxious: be strong and fear not, our God will come to save us.
If I can, I go to my favourite place to pray. Perhaps I light a candle to remind me that I am in God’s holy presence. It is good to read the prayer slowly several times.
What mood am I in today? What do I want to share with the Lord?
I reflect on his Church, on my Diocese, on my Parish.
In what ways do they express the joy and hope the coming of our Lord will bring? What part do I play in their celebration?
I pray the text again. Is there any sadness in my heart? Where does it come from?
I speak to the Lord about it; I tell him simply about the situations that might be preventing me from feeling truly happy and hopeful at his coming.
I pray for greater trust.