Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 24 December - Fourth Sunday of Advent

A mother holding her baby in East Africa

On Christmas Eve we pray for our worldwide family

Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.

Luke 1:26-38

It’s Christmas Eve, and our wait is nearly over. Tomorrow, we will treasure the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, hope of the world.

In today’s gospel, the angel Gabriel visits Mary. She hears, for the first time, the astonishing news that she will carry a son called Jesus in her womb. She accepts this truth with gladness in her heart. 

Let us remember that God comes to be close to us. When our sisters and brothers are making fearful journeys, seeking food and shelter; God is there also. The Lord walks with us, sharing the hopes and fears of all our global family.

Today, let us kindle hope in our hearts, using these words as our prayer: “I will sing forever of your love, O Lord” (Psalm 88). And let us welcome Christ with hearts full of joy.

Advent prayer

Everlasting God, your presence is the greatest gift there ever was. As we worship your Son, our Lord Jesus in the lowly manger, help us to grow in love for your people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable amongst us. Amen.  

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Thank you, as always, for your prayers and generosity. We wish you a very blessed Christmas.

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