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A vigilant heart: A day-by-day blessing for Advent Week 1

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Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP - published on 11/27/22

Blessing prayers from Aleteia's Fr. Peter John Cameron for each day of the Advent season.

Advent is a season of preparation and prayer. We are happy to share Fr. Peter Cameron’s day-by-day blessing for Advent, which we will publish on a weekly basis on each Sunday of the season.

Each brief daily Advent blessing focuses on a particular aspect of our spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas and at the end of time, as reflected in the Scriptures of the day. You may use the opening prayer on Sunday or pray it each day.

Opening Prayer

Most merciful Father, this Advent I desire to rededicate myself to the pursuit of holiness. May I live these days of grace united with the Blessed Virgin Mary in loving awareness of the presence of the One who changes us – Jesus your Son. In my vigilant expectation of Christ’s coming, make me especially attentive to the wisdom of Sacred Scripture proclaimed in the liturgies of this holy season. May this blessed time of preparation be for me an occasion of conversion and spiritual rebirth. May each moment of my Advent bring me closer to you in faith, hope, and love through Emmanuel – Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day-by-day blessing for Advent Week 1

November 27

Father, let me live this Advent with a vigilant heart fixed on you. May I fulfill the great summons to “stay awake” by begging from moment to moment to do your holy will.

November 28

Father, may I make a gift of self to you this Advent. Instruct me in your ways so that I may always walk in your paths and go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

November 29

Father, the great season of Advent looks forward to the day when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Let me live always in that holy knowledge.

November 30

Father, in sending your Son, you give us the Good Shepherd. Let me always remember that, though at times I walk in the dark valley, he is always at my side to give me courage.

December 1

Father, like clay in the hands of a potter, help me this Advent to place my life in your loving hands, so to become refashioned according to your holy will.

December 2

Father, instruct me in your ways and strengthen my faith to trust always in your Word, who comes to us with his healing power despite our unworthiness.

December 3

Father, make me childlike in living my faith, and fill me with the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, knowledge, and fear of the Lord.

Blessing Prayers, by Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P.
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