Lord, help me recognize and acknowledge evil in my life. Become my help and my protector in the battle between good and evil.
“She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.”(LK 2: 37)
“The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 Jn 2:3)
We pray for all those who gone before us and for those who are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith. We pray especially for all aborted babies. May they be raised up in glory and may we find our peace knowing you have prepared a place for us to meet our loved ones again in heaven.
"And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man". (Lk 2:52)
“Beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you...” (Matthew 10:17)
“Glory to God in the highest and peace to men who enjoy his favour.” (Lk 2:14)
We ask, o Lord, that you allow us to be like David; fight with us in our daily battles, strengthen us against the overwhelming foe and be our shield and our strength.
“what, then will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.” (LK 1: 66)
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit re-joices in God my savior!” (Lk 1: 46)
"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Lk 1:45)
May we have watchful hope today, believing what the Lord promises us.
Lord we ask you to be with us as we wait
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins”. (Mt 1:20)
“Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever”.(Psalm 72:1)
“I am the LORD, there is no other;I form the light, and create the darkness,I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things”
"Jesus said to them, 'Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you.' " (Matthew 21:31b)
“By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” (Mt 21:24)
"the Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty Savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness. And renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. " (ZEP 3:17)
Loving God, you allow miracles to happen to help strengthen our faith. Give us the simple faith of Juan Diego
“I will be with you all days until the end of the world!” (Mt 28:20)
“…there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11b)
Do not let the way the world celebrates get you down, join the celebration but keep your eyes focused on God
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings. Look upon us with mercy, intercede for us in our brokenness, and reconcile our divisions.
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.” The Scribes and the Pharisees were talking among themselves saying “Who but God alone can forgive sins?” (Lk 5:20-21)