In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Advent readings speak of hope and love in Jesus who comes as a light to lead us to Truth and true freedom. A freedom from slavery to persons, things, and addictions of all kinds.
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaia
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
A voice cries out:
'In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'
The Word of the Lord
[Response: Thanks be to God]
We pray for many in our world – those who live with the effects of Covid, HIV/AIDS, for the sick and dying, and all the lonely who are excluded from loving relationships. We pray for the many people around the world who are care givers. We pray for hope to look to the future and trust in You. May each of us prepare for Christmas by waiting with hope, faith, joy and love. May each of us reach out to someone who is on the "outside" and extend a caring hand.
We conclude with this simple 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,
St. Ambrose, great teacher in our faith pray for us to have the words and actions we need to keep Christ in Christmas.
And off into our day we go in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen