Feast of Saint John

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Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757

Prayer to Saint John, the Apostle and Evangelist

God our Father, you have revealed
the mysteries of Your word
through John the Apostle.
By prayer and reflection
may we come to understand
the wisdom he taught.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.

Feast of Saint Stephen

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The Sermon of St. Stephen, by Vittore Carpaccio, 1514

Prayer for Saint Stephen

We give you thanks,
O Lord of glory,
for the example of the first martyr
who looked up to heaven
and prayed for his persecutors
to Your Son Jesus Christ,
who stands at Your right hand,
where He lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, in glory everlasting.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

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“Advent is here. What a marvelous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come – for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! – He is about to arrive!”

St. Josemaria Escriva

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

Fourth Week

Father, all powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord.