Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent Daily Dose - 1st Friday

We pray + in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew ( 9:27-31).

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!"
When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
"Do you believe that I can do this?"  "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said,
"Let it be done for you according to your faith."  And their eyes were opened.  Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."  But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Lord.

Reflection: "Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him.  Enter into your mind's inner chamber. Shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek him; and when you have shut the door, look for him. Speak now to God and say with your whole heart: I seek your face; your face, Lord, I seek" (from The Proslogion, by St. Anselm, the Catholic archbishop of Canterbury, who died in 1109).

We pray: Stir up your power, we pray, O Lord, and come, that with you to protect us, we may find rescue from the pressing dangers of our sins, and with you to set us free, we may be found worthy of salvation. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

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

[Eucharistic Adoration in church today from 8:30am until 10pm.  Come and rest with Jesus for a short while.]

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