OCTOBER 2019

16. Wednesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
God, who fashions the earth in beauty and truth, mold our lives in prudent wisdom to conserve the resources of the earth and to use them for the good of all. May our actions further your creative work. Lead us to a world of justice and peace where you live and reign with Jesus Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

17. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr
O God, you raise up in your Church heroic men and women who give up their lives for their faith in Jesus Christ. Grant that, as we celebrate the martyrdom of Ignatius, we may yearn only for the living stream of life that flows from you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

18. Luke, Evangelist
God of tender compassion, you chose the evangelist Luke to write of the mystery of your love for the poor and oppressed. Help us to hear your word and act on it with courage and faith. Let your word in our hearts be the seed which continues to bear the fruits of justice and healing. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

19. Saturday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Majestic and mysterious are you, O God our Creator. You bestow all manner of good gifts upon us and through Jesus Christ you destroy sin and death. May everything we do today give you praise as we work to extend your reign here on earth. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

20. 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Blessed are you, God Most High, who awakens us to the light of this day. With all creation we raise our voices in joyful praise of you. Be with us today as you have been with us in ages past. May the joy of your life in us shine for all to see. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your eternal word made flesh, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

21. Monday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
God of glory, whose voice resounds throughout the universe and within our hearts, be with us this day. Give us the courage to witness to your justice and the conviction to act as a people saved by the power of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

22. Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Protective and jealous God, shepherd of your people Israel, you call us each day to harden not our hearts. Let your grace open our hearts to you and make us attentive to your voice speaking through every joy and sorrow. May this day bring us closer to you and to Jesus Christ our Savior, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

23. Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
God of mountains and hills, God of glory, we seek your face and desire to stand in your holy dwelling. Direct our steps so that we may act rightly and justly throughout this day. Forgive our offenses through the mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior, who intercedes for us at your right hand. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

24. Thursday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
God, you are the saving strength of your people. We call upon you to cast out evil from our lives. May we walk in truth and work for reconciliation. May Jesus Christ, who conquered evil, be with us in all our actions today and every day. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

25. Friday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Compassionate and merciful God, graciously accept our contrite hearts as a worthy expression of sorrow for our sins. Create within us pure hearts and steadfast spirits that we may partake of the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ. May we strive to imitate him in offering our lives so that others may live. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who overcame sin and death, and now lives and reigns in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

26. Saturday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
God of faithful love, stretch out your hand to us. Send your spirit of wisdom to toil with us and teach us what is pleasing to you. May she be a lamp for our steps and a light for our path. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

27. 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
God, you defend the stranger and uphold the widow and orphan; your deeds are deeds of saving justice for all. May our thoughts and actions this day be such that you delight in them as you delight in the offering of Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

28. Simon and Jude, Apostles
God of all nations, Simon and Jude labored to bring the good news of salvation to the world. Through their prayers may the Church be zealous in revealing your love made flesh in Jesus Christ. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

29. Tuesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time
God, you are the one who works wonders on the earth. The heavens proclaim your glory, the waters your might and the earth your beauty. We, your people, praise you and call to mind the countless blessings you have showered upon us. Stay with us always and bring us to life’s end still joyful in your care for us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

30. Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time
O God, our tender father and caring mother, you promise never to forget or abandon us. Be our strength and consolation as we live each day in the embrace of your care. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who is your love made visible throughout the ages and who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

31. Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time
O God, let your face shine upon us as we arise this morning. Your steadfast love is the source of our strength. May your wisdom guide our actions to give you glory and honor. Lead us to the end of this day rejoicing in the salvation you have bestowed on us through Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

NOVEMBER 2019

1. All Saints
Ever-living God, you guide and direct the span of human history with your steadfast love. You raise up holy men and women of every age and place to follow Jesus Christ and conform their lives to the Gospel. Through the intercession of the communion of saints, bring us into this holy company with Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

2. Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed
God of the living and the dead, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hope of the living and the joy of all the departed. May his victory over sin and death be a source of mercy and glory for all believers who rejoice in your promise of eternal happiness. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.

3. 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
God of abundant blessings, you call all people to walk in the ways of peace. May our worship this day impel us toward reconciliation and unity in this world and in the world to come. We pray in the name of Jesus who is one with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

4. Charles Borromeo, Bishop

O God, you call your Church to continued transformation as the body of Christ. Give your people the spirit of fidelity and service that you gave to Charles Borromeo. Help us conform our lives to the image of your Son. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

5. Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
We long for you, God, Source of mercy and peace. Reveal your power working among us here as you revealed your power to your people Israel. Remember not our transgressions, but be with us and shower us with the fullness of your grace. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who reveals your presence among us and who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

6. Wednesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Eternal God, in you we live and move and have our being. In you we place our hope. In times of distress we call upon your name and you answer us. Give us the grace to continue to place all our trust in you. May you be the sole desire of our longing hearts today and every day. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

7. Thursday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Author of the Universe, you turn the deepest darkness into dawn. Nothing is dark to you. Send your light into our hearts that we may see the path we are to walk and be steadfast in following your will for us. May Jesus Christ be our guide as we journey in the way of salvation today and every day. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

8. Friday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
God of the ages, you are our refuge from one generation to another. Fill us with your love that we may rejoice to be your holy and faithful servants. Let your favor shine upon us and give success to the work of our hands. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

9. Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
We praise you, God, designer and maker of the universe. Without you all labor is in vain. You dwell among your people to build us into a living temple with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. May the work of our hands honor you and lead us to worship you, our creator and saving God. Grant our prayer through Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

10. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Creator of earth, sky and sea, praise and glory to your name! On this first day of the week, we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sun of Justice. He banishes the darkness of death and restores creation to its fullness. May he lead us through life to the light of everlasting day where you are blessed and glorified in unity with the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

11. Martin of Tours, Bishop
God of compassion, you give us the example of Martin whose love for the poor led him to serve your people. Clothe us in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. Let us, like Martin, spread the gospel in word and witness. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

12. Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Steadfast and loving God, you rescue us from death and you give us life anew each day in Jesus Christ. Give us the grace to be a thankful people, proclaiming your infinite love to all we meet. May we find joy and peace in serving you today and every day. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

13. Wednesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
God, arrayed in justice and strength, come to the aid of the brokenhearted and the needy. Uphold those who have placed their trust in you. Transform the bitterness of this world into peace; transform us into a people who delight in doing your will. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

14. Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
You have promised to remain with us, Eternal God. You have created us and we are precious in your sight. We thank you for all the gifts you give us. May our actions this day give you praise and bring us closer to you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

15. Friday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Gracious and loving God, you guard our steps and make our paths safe. Your love for your people is so strong that you sent Jesus Christ your Son to walk the way of suffering and death for our sake. Grant us the strength to follow Jesus Christ wherever he may lead, for we know that he will guide us to eternal life with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

16. Gertrude the Great, Virgin, Religious
God of loving kindness and tender mercy, you chose to dwell with Gertrude as friend, companion and lover. She sought you with her whole heart and you revealed to her mysteries of your love for humanity. Through her intercession, bring us closer to you and let us experience your saving action in our lives. We pray through Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

17. 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time
Great and glorious are your ways, O God, and your steadfast love endures forever. Ever thankful for your faithful covenant with us, we pray that you light our hearts with your grace and purpose. May all our days and nights give you praise. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

18. Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
As evening approaches, God of the darkness, quiet our minds and hearts to prepare for the night. We give you thanks for the gift of this day that is past and ask for your continuing care in this unfolding evening. May Jesus Christ lead us to the fullness of your salvation. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

19. Mechtild, Virgin
O God, you favored Mechtild with visions and revelations of your infinite love, and she conversed with you as with a friend. Draw us into your divine embrace and transform us by the power of your love. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

20. Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Omnipotent God, doer of great wonders for your people, we praise you and remember your steadfast love for us throughout the ages. Mindful of the blessings you have given us and the care you bestow on us, we pray that the light of your salvation, Jesus the Christ, will remain with us now and forever. We pray in his name in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

21. Presentation of the Virgin Mary
We remember the ancient covenant you made with David, O God, and the new covenant that you make with us through Jesus Christ. Guide us that we may steadfastly serve you as Jesus Christ served you, even unto death. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who is your Chosen One and who abides with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

22. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr
O God, you strengthened Cecilia to hold fast to her profession of faith as she endured persecution and martyrdom. May her prayers be a source of help for us, and may her example of courage inspire us to be resolute in our faith. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

23. Saturday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Majestic and mysterious are you, O God our Creator. You bestow all manner of good gifts upon us and through Jesus Christ you destroy sin and death. May everything we do today give you praise as we work to extend your reign here on earth. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

24. Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
God of power and splendor, in Jesus Christ your beloved Son, you restore all creation and free us from our slavery to sin and death. Christ is the image of your glory, the guide and shepherd of your people, the judge of the living and the dead. May he become the center of our hearts and the model of our peace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

25. Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
God of tenderness and mercy, your love surrounds us and bathes us in light. May we cherish our dependence upon you and remain attentive to your will. May Jesus Christ who is your peace among us, bind us to you and to one another in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

26. Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

God of the Exodus, we remember your love for your people Israel and your love for your people here. Be our shining light in the trials of our lives and keep in mind your covenant with us. Defend us from every temptation to wander from you. Together with Jesus Christ your beloved Son, lead us to the fullness of life with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

27. Wednesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
God, you protect us with the tender care of a mother for her children. Teach us to find our lasting peace in you. Watch over us this evening that we may rest in your embrace and awake tomorrow renewed and refreshed. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

28. Thanksgiving Day
Gracious God, giver of all that is good and holy, open our eyes to the work of your hands in creation. Help us to cherish the gifts of life and love that surround us. Pour into our hearts the spirit of your own generosity and make us eager to share with others what we have so richly received. We pray through Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

29. Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
O God, who triumphs over the darkness of sin, hide not the light of your face from us. Forgive the faults we have committed today and restore us to your favor. May we come to the end of the day, secure in your love and mercy. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

30. Andrew, Apostle
God of joy, you inspired Andrew with such eagerness and zeal that he abandoned everything at the call of Jesus Christ and encouraged his brother Peter to do likewise. Animate us with enthusiasm for your word. Give us the grace to entrust our lives to your care and to proclaim your gospel with confidence and joy. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

DECEMBER 2019

1. First Sunday of Advent
God of all longing, stir up in our hearts eager anticipation for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. In this season of darkness and waiting, be our light and our hope. When he comes, may Christ find us steadfast in the Holy Spirit, giving praise to you. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

2. Monday of the 1st Week in Advent
God of the covenant, you promise to send us a Savior whose life and death proclaims your enduring love. Sustain us with your pledge of eternal life. Through the Holy Spirit, guide our way on earth and strengthen us in our search for fullness of life in your service. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

3. Francis Xavier, Priest, Religious, Missionary
O God, you splendor radiates from East to West upon all the nations of the world. Through the work and preaching of Francis Xavier, you drew many people to yourself. Enkindle in us his zeal for the gospel and his desire to follow your call wherever it may lead us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

4. Wednesday of the 1st Week in Advent
God of mercy and compassion, relying on your promise of salvation, we wait for Christ’s coming among us. When he comes, may he find us living in hope, faithful in prayer and ready to welcome him through the grace of the Holy Spirit. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

5. Thursday of the 1st Week in Advent
Most High God, in this season you call us to be still and know that you are God. May our patient prayer and waiting be acceptable to you. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to welcome the Savior. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

6. Friday of the 1st Week in Advent
Most High God, in this season you call us to be still and know that you are God. May our patient prayer and waiting be acceptable to you. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts to welcome the Savior. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

7. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church
O God, Source of wisdom and understanding, through your grace Ambrose became a great teacher of the Christian faith. Raise up in your Church talented men and women to help us grow in holiness and faith. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

8. Second Sunday of Advent
God of the ages, you sent the prophets as your messengers to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation. Give us the grace to hear their cry and to forsake the paths of darkness. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, may we greet Jesus Christ our Redeemer with joy. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

9. Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Eternal God, in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary you reveal your steadfast love and your plan of salvation for us. We praise you for Mary, freed from original sin and redeemed by the merits of her Son Jesus Christ. Keep your Church free of sin and teach us to rejoice in the new life of Christ that grows within us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

10. Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Advent
God of winter’s stillness, awaken your people to the coming of a new heaven and new earth. May the valleys of our sinful lives be filled with your grace. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, brighten our steps and lead us in the ways of peace. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

11. Wednesday of he 2nd Week in Advent
God of beauty and truth, all creation waits in anticipation for the coming of the Savior. Protect this earth you have made and placed in our care. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, teach us to live simply and carefully upon it. When Jesus Christ returns in glory, may he find us faithful in our stewardship of this world. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

12. Our Lady of Guadalupe
O God, defender of the poor and refuge for the oppressed, at Guadalupe you blessed the Americas with a sign of hope, the presence of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Through her intercession, pour upon us the liberating grace won for us by Jesus Christ. Instill in our hearts love and compassion for all your people and make justice spring up in the midst of the nations. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

13. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr
God of loving power and strength, you made Lucy resolute in the face and death, and she won the crown of martyrdom. Grant us the courage to hold fast in times of trial and temptation and let us share in the happiness of eternal life. We pray in the name of the Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

14. John of the Cross, Priest, Religious, Doctor of the Church
Holy and gracious God, you called John of the Cross to know you in the darkness of suffering and prayer. Open our eyes to your presence in our darkness. May we come to grasp the all surpassing love and knowledge of Jesus Christ and, like John, be drawn ever closer to you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who abides with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.

15. Third Sunday of Advent
O God, you promised sight to the blind, freedom to the captive and justice to the oppressed. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, make us messengers of the glad tidings of your salvation. May Christ be born again in our lives. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

16. Monday of the 3rd Week in Advent
Holy God, you are radiant with glory and power and your face shines upon your people with steadfast love. Show yourself to all who search for you. Hear the cry of the poor and give joy to those who mourn. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, send us the Promised One without delay. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

17. Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Advent
We praise you, God of creation and redemption, for your divine plan of salvation extends through all time. In the tenderness and power of the Holy Spirit, you bring us to the celebration of the mystery of your Word made flesh. Illumine our minds and hearts that we may see how near Christ is to us. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

18. Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Advent
God of the covenant, you revealed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and in the law at Sinai. Fill us with hope as we wait for the coming of our Savior and the revelation of your saving power. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, free us from bondage to evil and deliver those held captive by sin. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

19. Thursday of the 3rd Week in Advent

Loving and merciful God, we praise you for our deliverance is close at hand.  We look forward to the coming of Christ who will restore justice and peace to our world.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts of pride so that we may celebrate the birth of our Savior with humble joy.  This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

20. Friday of the 3rd Week in Advent
God of infinite love, we eagerly await the coming of the Messiah, promised of old, foretold by the prophets and anticipated by the birth of John the Baptist. May we follow the example of Mary who gave herself to your will. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, fill us with unwavering faith and quicken your life within us. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

21. Saturday of the 3rd Week in Advent
O God of radiant light, the darkness of sin casts a winter shadow on our lives and we fear the lasting barrenness of separation from you. Send the Sun of Justice to blaze upon this earth and draw us into the warmth of your love. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, fill us with the vibrancy of those who know their hope is sure. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

22. Fourth Sunday of Advent
Tender and gentle God, you formed us in your divine image and in Jesus Christ you restore that image shattered by sin. As we wait in patient hope for the coming of our Savior, prepare us to be more receptive to your will. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, deepen our understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation and open our hearts to the joys of salvation. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

23. Monday of the 4th Week in Advent
God-with-us, your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of your presence. We anticipate the birth of our Savior come among us to gather all in your peace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may we who celebrate the mystery of God made flesh come to share in the divinity of Christ. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

24. Tuesday of the 4th Week in Advent
O loving Creator and saving Redeemer, we praise your name in eagerness and anticipation. Today our blessed hope, the wonderful coming of Christ, is near. Today our redemption is at hand. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, fill the outstretched hands of those who long for the dawn of justice. This we pray through Jesus Christ whose coming is certain, now and forever.

25. The Nativity of the Lord
We give you glory, God of light, as we celebrate this feast of our salvation. Today the Sun of Justice is risen on our world; Christ our Savior is born. Fill our minds and hearts with the wonder of your tender love for us. Bring to completion the vision of peace you hold for our world. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

26. Stephen, First Martyr
O God of martyrs, all the ends of the earth have seen your saving power. We give you thanks for the example of Stephen who was the first disciple to suffer and die for the faith. Make us confident in our faith and firm in our witness to the Gospel. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

27. John, Apostle, Martyr
O Eternal Life that became visible to us, the beloved disciple John beheld your glory revealed in Jesus Christ and testified to all that he had seen and heard. Through the intercession of your apostle and evangelist, lead your Church to a deeper understanding of Christ’s presence in our midst. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

28. Holy Innocents, Martyrs
God of mystery, you show your power through the weak, your glory through the unnamed, your justice through the suffering. In our celebration of the victory of the Holy Innocents we profess Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain, as our Savior and hope of everlasting life. Strengthen our faith that we may bear our share of suffering and come at last to union with you. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

29. Holy Family
God of joy and harmony, we praise you for Jesus Christ, Word made flesh dwelling in our midst. In the Holy Family, we celebrate your love made visible. Nourish and sustain all members of our human family. May the peace of Christ order our world and may the fullness of his message live in our hearts. We pray through Jesus Christ in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

30. Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Radiant God, in the birth of Jesus Christ who is the brightness of your splendor, a new day of redemption has shone upon us. We rejoice that our ancient slavery is ended and we are restored to union with you. Keep us close to you and to each other that together we may enter into everlasting life. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

31. Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
God of our past and our future, in the birth of Jesus Christ you give us a vision of a world made new, cleansed of sin and shining with grace. As we approach the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, reveal your will to us. Lead us to our future, strong in hope and confident in your love. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Word made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.