The Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent -

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

Second Week

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

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Juan Diego, by Miguel Cabrera, 1752

Prayer to St. Juan Diego

O St. Juan Diego, in appearances of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
you, a humble peasant, were chosen as Her messenger.
Your faithfulness in this task is evident still today,
in the miraculous image the Virgin left upon your tilma.
Intercede for me, I pray, that I might have your childlike trust
in the Mother of God, and that my heart might respond
to her maternal promptings.
Through such simple confidence, obedience, and love,
may I join you one day in sharing everlasting joy,
where our heavenly Mother reigns in the glory of Her Son.