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15 Advent Prayers For This Year

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15 Advent prayers for this year


Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

1: Advent prayers for this year #1

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.

 

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.

 

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.

 

Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.

 

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen.


 

2: Advent prayers for this year #2

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to heart the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

3 Advent prayers for this year #3

Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

4: Advent prayers for this year #4

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’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. Amen.


 

5: Advent prayers for this year #5

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

6: Advent prayers for this year #6

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find him. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


 

7: Advent prayers for this year #7

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


 

8: Advent prayers for this year #8

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 Savior 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. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


9: Advent prayers for this year #9

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


10: Advent prayers for this year #10

Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


 

11: Advent prayers for this year #11

O shepherd of Israel, hearken,

O guide of the flock of Joseph!

Rouse your power, and come to save us.

O Lord of hosts, restore us,

if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.

O Lord of hosts, how long will you burn with anger

while your people pray?

You have fed them with the bread of tears

and given them tears to drink in ample measure.

You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,

and our enemies mock us.

O Lord of hosts, restore us,

if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.


 

12: Advent Wreath Prayer

 

The following are the Advent wreath prayers that change every week. They are prayed at the lighting of each candle every day during Advent.

 

Week One:

 

The first candle is lit, and the prayer for the first week is said.

 

Priest:

 

Let us pray.

Stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, O Lord,

and come, so that we may escape through Thy protection

and be saved by Thy help from the dangers

that threaten us because of our sins.

Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

 

All: Amen.

 

During the first week one candle is left burning during the evening meal, at prayers or at bedtime.

 

Week Two:

 

Two candles are lit on the second Sunday and allowed to burn as before. The prayer for the week is:

 

Priest:

 

Let us pray.

O Lord, stir up our hearts

that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son,

that through His coming

we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure souls.

Through the same Christ our Lord.

 

All: Amen.

 

Week Three:

 

Three candles, including the rose candle, are lit on Gaudete, the third Sunday, and during that week. The following prayer is said:

 

Priest:

 

Let us pray.

We humbly beg Thee, O Lord,

to listen to our prayers;

and by the grace of Thy coming

bring light into our darkened minds.

Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

 

All: Amen.

 

Week Four:

 

All four candles are lit on the fourth Sunday and allowed to burn as before. The prayer said the fourth week is:

 

Priest:

 

Let us pray.

Stir up Thy might, we pray Thee, O Lord, and come;

rescue us through Thy great strength so that salvation,

which has been hindered by our sins,

may be hastened by the grace of Thy gentle mercy.

Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

 

All: Amen.


 

13: Christmas anticipation prayer

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment

in which the Son of God was born

of the most pure Virgin Mary,

at midnight,

in Bethlehem,

in the piercing cold.

In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God,

to hear my prayer and grant my desires,

 

[State your intention(s) here…]

 

through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and of His blessed Mother.

 

Amen.


 

14: Christmas Prayer

Moonless darkness stands between.

Past, the Past, no more be seen!

But the Bethlehem star may lead me

To the sight of Him Who freed me

From the self that I have been.

Make me pure, Lord: Thou art Holy;

Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;

Now beginning, and always,

Now begin, on Christmas day.


 

15: To Our Lady, Mother of Advent

O Mother of our Advent,

be with us and see to it

that he will remain with us

in this difficult Advent

of the struggles for truth and hope,

for justice and peace:

He, alone, Emmanuel.


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