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Advent - Come, Lord Jesus - WEEK 3
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 Third Sunday of Advent

Hymn: O come O come Emmanuel

Welcome

Lighting of the 3rd Advent Candle

Hymn: Come to me

      St. Joseph, Guardian of the Saviour    

St. Joseph can teach us three lessons:
The value of silence
Actions speak louder than words

God’s help under pressure

When do I make time for silence in my own life?
Pause for reflection

How do my actions speak louder than words?
Pause for reflection

      What help do I need now at this time in my life.
Pause for reflection

     

 

 

 

      Philippians:4 4-7

      Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

    Advent Mysteries in a time of Pandemic Page   6   

      1st Mystery: The Annunciation:
Mary waited for what the angel Gabriel had to say and she waited for her cousin Elizabeth to confirm her news. Later, she would wait by the cross. Waiting was part of Mary’s life and it’s part of our lives too.

We remember all who are waiting this Advent, waiting to see their loved ones, waiting for test results, waiting for appointments, waiting to start work again.

2nd Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom
Mary waited for news of her Son . . . Waited to hear the news from others telling her Jesus healed the sick, healed the lame, calmed those who were afraid, taught with authority. We remember all whose plans have been affected by the corona virus – waiting to reschedule their weddings, holidays, special occasions.

3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary trusted the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her own life and knew that same Holy Spirit would guide her when the sword of sorrow pierced her soul. Even in sorrow she trusted in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

We remember all who are in a position of power. May the Holy Spirit guide the politicians, leaders and scientists as they continue to try and find a solution.

4th Mystery: The Crucifixion
Mary knew the pain of separation when her Son was arrested. She knew the pain of sorrow when He was crucified to the cross and she had to depend on another’s generosity to find a place where He could be buried.

We remember families who have been separated from their loved ones in hospital, unable to be with them in their final hours and prevented from having a public funeral.

5Th Mystery: The Coronation of our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God who is our God too. We entrust to her care all who are suffering from coronavirus, all those who care for the sick in hospital, in care homes, in the community and at home. We remember all front line workers who ensure our lives continue as normally as possible. We ask Mary to carry our prayers to her Son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
.

Let us pray:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech You, that meditating upon these Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Prayer at the end of the Rosary

We bless God for the example of Joseph:
for his humility before the greatness of God’s plans;
for his love and loyalty to Mary and Jesus:
for his willingness to change and adapt his life
so that the greatness of others might flourish.
We pray for ourselves that, in our turn,
we might be attentive listeners to God’s word
and accomplish God’s will in our lives.

Amen

Prayer to Venerable Catherine McAuley for a Sick Person

God of love and mercy, you inspired Catherine McAuley to serve your Son by responding to the needs of her time. Moved by her care for the sick, we ask that, through her prayers, you reach out with your healing love and restore ............................ to full health. We ask this in complete confidence through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.
Catherine McAuley, Pray For Us.

Hymn: Suscipe - Catherine McAuley’s Personal Prayer of Consecration
Composed by Sr. Elaine Deasy and sung by Sr. Marie Cox.

Blessing at the end

May the Lord’s face shine upon us and be gracious to us.

May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us peace Amen

Closing Hymn: The Peace of God by Sr. Briege O’Hare and sung by Sr. Marie Cox (4.06)



 

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