O God, come and be with us as you were with Mary. As Gabriel urged Mary not to be afraid, reassure us in our fear, our anxiety, and our loneliness. In this season of Advent, we await the arrival of Emmanuel, God with us. As Mary waited for the child who grew inside her, grow your grace within our hearts as we draw near to Christmas Day.
Blessed are you among women.
Mother and Father God, as Mary and Joseph prepared for and cared for the baby Jesus, so you loved us and provided for us even before we were born. You knit us together in our mother’s womb, and by your loving hand we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Nurture in us the holy impulse to care for one another regardless of age, race, gender or social status.
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
God of the incarnation, we celebrate the mystery of God becoming human. As Mary pondered the angel Gabriel’s words in her heart, let us ponder with joy that the creator God cares so much for his creatures that he became on of us. We thank you for coming not as a tyrant to rule us but as a child to lead and to love us. Restore in us the childlike awe and wonder that we long to feel in your presence.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
In this season of peace and goodwill to all, we confess that we do not always embody those virtues. God, we pray that you would open our hearts to the love, joy, hope and peace of Advent, that we might prepare the way for your kingdom. Give us the strength to forgive those who have wronged us, to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged, and to accept forgiveness when it is offered.