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December 13


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

This third week of Advent we light the pink or rose coloured candle which symbolizes the joy of Advent.  This candle is often called "joy" candle. It is not pink because Mary and Joseph wanted a baby girl!

Today we remember Saint Lucy, also known in Latin as Santa Lucia (loo-CHEE-ah), whose name means "holy light". 

Last Saturday, we celebrated the Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.  It is one of the holiest days in Mexico and much of South America and a day of great Joy!  In the 16th century, the Virgin Mary appeared as an indigenous person to Juan Diego, a poor farmer.  This day many people attended church celebrations, processionals and ceremonies to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe the Mother of Jesus.  It is fitting that day was also recognized as the "National Day in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples".

Saint Lucy and Our Lady of Guadalupe are shining examples of what it means to follow God and Jesus.

Let us pray:

Jesus be our light,

Flood our hearts with your hope

May your light brighten our days and comfort our darkness

In these dark days when dawn breaks late and night falls early,

Be the light to guide us on our paths.

Dear God, lover of all

We praise you for giving us Jesus as our Saviour.

He blessed the children who came to Him.

Now, look on us with compassion,

And protect us with Your love.

We ask God to keep us holy as we age,

That we may inherit the Kingdom of God.

We ask for Your blessing, dear God,

Through Jesus Christ,

Our Teacher and Saviour.

Amen.

We conclude with our Advent Prayer:

God's hope to direct me.

God's love to surround me.

God's joy to warm me.

God's peace to comfort me.

Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience,

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