lunes, 15 de diciembre de 2014

May Mary Meet You on Your Path

The Advent liturgy is particularly beautiful and meaningful, even the non-scriptural parts. This week several elements of the liturgy are worth some extra prayer time…


The Mass for the second Wednesday in Advent is known as the Mass of the Divine Physician. The opening prayer is so relevant for the elderly:
Almighty God, who command us
To prepare the way for Christ the Lord,
Grant in your kindness, we pray,
That no infirmity may weary us
As we long for the comforting presence
Of our heavenly physician.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.
The Gospel for Wednesday is brief, but on of the most consoling of all:
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Friday, Our Lady of Guadalupe

The intercessory prayers from the liturgy of the hours this day are especially meaningful and consoling:

From morning prayer…

We bless you, Lord, because you have hidden your message from those who are wise and prudent in the ways of the world, and have revealed it to the lowly and the poor.
By the presence of Mary, you made the desert bloom with flowers, may the Blessed Virgin Mary’s love transform us into the image of Christ.
Make us attentive to the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so that we may deserve to meet Mary along the path of our lives.

From evening prayer…

You made Mary the gate through which the true Light shone over the earth, by the light of her Son may the Church seek justice for the oppressed and peace for all people.
The image of the Mother of your Son was imprinted on the garment of the Indian Juan Diego with the features of his race, imprint within us Mary’s virtues and her love for the poor and defenseless.
Through Mary you changed barren Tepeyac into a fragrant garden of flowers, through her transform us, that we may grow fruitfully as true Christians.
In Juan Diego you give us an example of simplicity and humility, teach us constancy in suffering and fidelity to the Gospel.

May you meet Mary along the path of your life as you continue to travel through Advent!

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