Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 24 December


Light in the darkness

“ give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow dark as death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 

Luke 1:79

Today 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 one who is to come. A Messiah who will bring light to those in darkness and who will guide us towards peace.

As we look at our world today, we can see that it is crying out for this light and peace. The world is divided. Inequality is rife.

Too many people are facing poverty and injustice. There are those like Saba and her family who long for peace in their home country and wish they could return.

And so, as we near the birth of Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, we hold all those who long for peace, for safety and for home in our hearts. We remember that God is with us, sharing the hopes and fears of all members of our global family.

And we reflect on how we can bring light and peace into our world, through our actions, both in our local community and by reaching out to others around the world.

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 and we pray that you and your families remain safe and well.

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