Thursday of the Fourth Week of
Advent – 22 December 2016
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God, my saviour.”
Mary’s response (the Gospel) based upon Hannah’s prayer
(Responsorial Psalm) can be our prayer today.
Our anticipation of the coming of our Lord into our hearts grows
as we praise God for coming to us in our lowliness.
My heart exults in the Lord, my saviour.
Oh, king of us all.
I find myself standing before
Your strength and splendour
and filled with total joy.
You have lifted my mind in hope.
Now help me to open my life
to Your coming..
I want to be like Mary, Your mother.
Her wonderful courage and strength
inspire me to do the same.
She simply said Yes
and the impossible was done.
Thank You for this Advent journey.
The anticipation has filled my life
and made me long for
a closer relationship with You.
My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Thank You for guidance.
Thank You for the quiet moments
when I have felt Your love.
Nothing will be impossible with God.
Guide my feet on the way of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.