Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom
and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer
as part of my service of the Lord
who enlists me in God's own work for justice.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will
so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right
to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God
who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life
begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.
I pray in the name of Jesus
Christ, whose advent
I hail. Amen.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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