Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 24 December
“To give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow dark as death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Today it is Christmas Eve. The long wait of Advent is nearly over.
In today’s gospel John the Baptist’s father Zechariah prophesies about the role his son will play in preparing a way for the Lord.
He speaks of the one who is to come. A Messiah who will bring light to those in darkness and who will guide us towards peace.
So many people around the world, including Majid and his family in Syria, still long for this peace today. They pray for peace in their country and hope that one day they may be able to return home.
And so, as we near the birth of Christ, Prince of Peace, we join our prayers to theirs. We hold all those who long for peace, for safety, and for home in our hearts. And we remember that God is with us, sharing the hopes and fears of all members of our global family.
Christmas Eve prayer
Eternal God, guide our feet into the way of peace so that all your children may come out of the darkness and into the light. Open our hearts to share in the hopes and fears of all your people and lead us to reach out in love to one another. Amen.
Thank you for all your generosity, support and prayers over the last year. All of us here at CAFOD wish you a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.
Use our Christmas prayers throughout this season of joy and peace.