Advent calendar reflection for 24 December

Candle flame with black background and red and gree spots.

A Christmas candle.

“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 

Luke 1:78-79

Zechariah, his voice now restored, gives us this beautiful hymn of praise on Christmas Eve. He recalls the work of God for the people of Israel and proclaims the tender compassion of God who is coming to visit his people. He will bring light to those in darkness and the shadow of death and guide us towards peace. 

As we look at our world today, we can see how much God’s promised light and peace are needed. Too many people face injustice and violence. There are those, like Nomita and her family, who live in the shadow of death – always aware that the next storm could take their life or that of a loved one. 

As we near the celebration of Christmas, we hold all who yearn for safety and peace, for love and community, in the light of Christ. 

And we turn to God, source of all compassion. We ask that he fill us with his love so that we can bring light and peace to others: in our families, in our communities and across the world. 

Christmas Eve prayer

Tender God,
as we prepare to celebrate Christmas,
fill us with the light and compassion of Christ,
so that we may bless all the human family
with his love and his peace.


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. And don’t forget we have daily prayers on themes of justice and peace throughout the year on our Twitter feed @CAFODprayer. 

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