PRAYER: At Table During Advent

PRAYER: At Table During Advent

From Prayers of the Advent and Christmas Seasons, Bishop’s Committee on the Liturgy, United States Catholic Conference

Advent candle may be lighted as the leader says:

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation:
in the darkness and in the light.

Blessed are you
in this food and in our sharing.

Blessed are you as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

All respond:

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

The leader says:

Come, Lord Jesus!

All respond:

Come quickly!

Another form of Advent prayer begins with the sign of the cross.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Someone at table reads one of the following scriptures or the scripture assigned to the liturgy of the day.

A

Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:

Trust in the Lord forever!
For the Lord is an eternal rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.
(Isaiah 26:4-6)

Or:

B

Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:

I am the Lord and there is no other,
there is no God besides me.

I form the light, and create the darkness,
I make well-being and create woe;
I, the Lord, do all these things
Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,
like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.
Let the Earth open and salvation bud forth;
let justice also spring up!
I, the Lord, have created this.
(Isaiah 45:5a, 7-8)

The reader concludes:

This is the word of the Lord.

All respond:

Thanks be to God.

The leader invites:

Lift up your hearts.

All respond:

We lift them up to the Lord.

Then the leader prays:

God, the Father of mercies,
you willed your Son to take flesh,
in order to give life back to us.
Bless these your gifts
with which we are about to nourish our bodies,
so that, receiving new strength, we may wait in watchfulness
for the glorious coming of Christ.

We ask this through the name Christ our Lord.

All respond:

Amen.

After The Meal

The leader says:

Let us live soberly, justly, and devoutly in this world
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All respond:

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

On the last days before Christmas, the following prayers are added:

December 17:

O Wisdom, O holy word of God,
you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.
Come and show your people the way to salvation.

December 18:

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.

December 19:

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.

December 20:

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 people into freedom.

December 21:

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

December 22:

O King of all the nations,
the only joy of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind,
come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.

December 23:

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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