Wednesday December 25

Wednesday, December 25

O Savior, Come

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for I bring you good news of a great joy which will be to all the people; for to you is born this day . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Prayerful Reflection

O Savior, Come~
Save us from our sins,
from all that we have done
and have failed to do.
Save us from our selfishness,
from all that we want and waste,
Save us from our loneliness,
from our doubts that you are with us.
Save us from aimless wandering,
and guide our feet along your path.
As we celebrate your coming into the world,
may your gift of salvation be born anew in us
this day and every day.

Tuesday December 24

Tuesday, December 24

O Son of Mary, Come

Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son, whom she wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Prayerful Reflection

O Son of Mary, Come~
as you did so long ago.
Our hearts can scarcely take in
the love that you have shown us.
You desired a communion with us,
desired to know us, and for us to know you.
In love you came as one of us,
to feel human joy, love, anger and fear,
to experience hunger, thirst, comfort, pain,
to endure disgrace, rejection, and
a violent death for our sake.
For this, your greatest gift to us,
we join with the angels
and praise your holy name.

Monday December 23

Monday, December 23

Traditional Antiphon
O Emmanuel, Come

Titus 3:4-6 When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, we were saved . . . in virtue of God’s mercy … which God poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…

Prayerful Reflection

O Emmanuel, Come~
We prepare to celebrate your birth,
your presence on earth as God incarnate.
You reveal to the world the attributes of God.
Through your goodness and loving kindness,
through your compassion and forgiveness,
through your peacemaking ways,
and willingness to sacrifice all for our sake,
you show us the path of Christian life.
May we follow in your footsteps to
make your presence
manifest and incarnate in our world today
and every day.


From the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Sunday December 22

Sunday, December 22

Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

O Come, God of Love,
Traditional Antiphon: O Come, King of All Nations~

On this the last Sunday of Advent,
we join our hearts and voices
with those across the world,
across time and space.
As we rejoice in the fulfillment of your promise of salvation
and celebrate the birth of your son,
may our reflections, our prayers,
our words and actions bring joy to you,
and love to the world.
May this love hold each of us,
and every person throughout the world
that love may once again
be made incarnate in this world.

– – – –

From the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease,
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Saturday December 21

Saturday, December 21

Traditional Antiphon
O Radiant Dawn, Come

Psalm 80:3  Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. (NRSV)

Prayerful Reflection

O Radiant Dawn, Come~
Our hearts long for the light on this,
the darkest day of the year.
The night looms long and difficult.
Our worries overwhelm us,
our loneliness is intensified
our fears grow bigger.
Hold us tightly, tenderly
until sunrise,
when the dawn comes
with the promise of light,
the promise of a new day.
We start anew each morning
in your promise of salvation, of forgiveness.
Let your face shine upon us
as we embrace the gift of this day.

– – – –

From the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer,
Our spirits by thine advent here,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Friday December 20

Friday, December 20

Tradition Antiphon
O Key of David, Come

Psalm 80:17  But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. (NRSV)

Prayerful Reflection

O Key of David, Come~
You who are at God’s right hand,
you have unlocked and
opened the gates of heaven.
Unlock our hearts as well,
setting us free from any ill-will
and unforgiveness toward others,
setting us free from our own sins
through your forgiveness.
Close and lock the doors
on a past we cannot change,
and guide us as we walk your path
to our heavenly home.

– – – – –

From the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, O Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Thursday December 19

Thursday, December 19

Traditional Antiphon
O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come

Isaiah 7:13-14  “Hear then, O house of David! … God will give you a sign: a young woman shall conceive and bear a child, whom she shall call Immanuel.”

Prayerful Reflection

O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come~
Just as you anointed David,
the youngest son of Jesse
and least likely to become the King of Israel,
so you have surprised your people again
by choosing a young, poor, unknown virgin
to bear your son.
You sent Jesus not as a mighty King,
but as a servant King,
ruling not by laying down the law,
but by laying down his life.
Open our eyes to see how you achieve your will
through people in unexpected ways.
Reveal to us our own part in your plan.
– – – –
From hymn:  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come O Rod of Jesse’s stem,
From ev’ry foe deliver them
That trust your mighty pow’r to save;
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Wednesday December 18

Wednesday, December 18

Traditional Antiphon
O Lord of Ancient Israel, Come

Romans 1:2-3   …promised by God beforehand through the prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning the Child of God, descended from David according to the flesh.

Prayerful Reflection

O Lord of Ancient Israel, come~
You came to your people long ago.

You appeared to Moses in the burning bush,
as a guiding cloud across the desert.
The prophets announced your coming
from the line of David,
and you fulfilled their hopes.
When we become hopeless or down-hearted,
may we look back in our own lives,
and remember the times you made yourself known to us.
Help us to draw strength from the past when our future looks bleak,
and to trust your promise to love us always.


From Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanual”

O come, O come, our Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times gave holy law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Tuesday, December 17

Tuesday, December 17

Tradition Antiphon
O Wisdom of God, Come

Matthew 1:20 But as Joseph considered this, behold, an angel of God appeared to him in a dream…

Prayerful Reflection
O Wisdom of God, Come~
You have been present since
the dawn of creation.
You ordered all things then,
and still speak in our hearts today.
May we take time to listen for your voice
in whatever way it comes to us
through scripture,
through prayer,
through people and angels,
through dreams and thoughts.
May your voice within us never be silenced,
and may we be guided
by the wisdom you continue to bestow.

– – –

From Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

O come, our Wisdom from on high,
And order all things far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
and cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Monday, December 16

Monday, December 16

Shepherd of Israel, Come

Psalm 80:1  Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!

Prayerful Reflection
O Shepherd of Israel, Come~
Be our Shepherd here as well.
Lead us beside the still waters in this time
of busyness,
of chaos,
of noise.
Lead us from our lostness
back into the place
of your tender embrace,
May we trust that your goodness and mercy
shall follow us,
shall accompany us
every step of the way
so that we may know your peace and love
in the stillness of our hearts.