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.

The First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent -

“Advent is the season of the presence and expectation of the eternal. For this very reason, it is in a particular way a period of joy …joy in the fact that God made himself a Child. This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence.”

Pope Benedict XVI

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

First Week

All powerful God, Increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.