WEEK OF ADVENT II
Commemoration of St. John of the Cross
Today is the commemoration of St. John of the Cross. He was born in Spain in 1542 and led a life of extraordinary struggle. His one ambition was to spend his life in meditation and prayer. He entered the Carmelite Order, studied theology, and was ordained priest in 1567. He met Teresa of Avila, who had begun her reform of the Carmelite Order, and he joined her efforts at reform and renewed austerity. He was a supreme lyric poet and spiritual writer. He died in 1591.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 148
In the evening: Psalm 120
Read hymn “Come down, O love divine”
Read one or more lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of your only-begotten Son, so that by his advent we may be enabled to serve you with purified minds; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
O God, by whose grace your servant John of the Cross, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for the renewal of the Church
For Christian witness by all the faithful
For missionaries and their families
For the salvation of the world
For the nations of the world
For love of the cross of Christ
For patience in suffering
For the gift of love that overcomes opposition and persecution
For intensity in the spiritual life
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.