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Advent prayer that the Lord will save us through his humility


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Philip Kosloski - published on 12/18/21

Ask the Lord, Leader of the House of Israel, to save us through the power of his humility.

Often when we think of a leader, we think of power and corruption. Jesus, however, breaks the mold, and instead of ruling over us with might, he does so through humility.

Here is a prayer adapted from the Liturgical Year that invokes God’s saving power through the humble reality of his birth.

O sovereign Lord, 0 Adonai, come and redeem us, not by your power, but by your humility. You showed yourself to Moses, your servant, in the midst of a mysterious flame. You gave your law to your people amidst thunder and lightning; now on the contrary you come not to terrify, but to save us. Your chaste Mother and Joseph her spouse went to Bethlehem to prepare everything needed for your divine Birth. She prepares for you the humble swathing bands wherewith to protect you, the Creator of the world, from the cold of that midnight hour of your Nativity. Thus it is that you willed to deliver us from the slavery of our pride and show man thatyour divine arm is never stronger than when he thinks it powerless and still. Everything is prepared, then dear Jesus! Your swathing bands are ready for your infant limbs! Come to Bethlehem and redeem us from the hands of our enemies!

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