WEEK OF ADVENT II
Commemoration of St. Lucy
Santa Lucia was a martyr in Sicily ca. 304. Although little is known of her life, she has been remembered with affection by many peoples and is regarded as the patron saint of the laboring poor and those afflicted with diseases of the eye. Because, before the Gregorian reform of the calendar, her feast day was the shortest day of the year, the day was celebrated with particular devotion in Scandinavia where it marked the turning from the long winter nights to an increase of daylight. (The name Lucia means “light”.) Swedish communities, including many in America, still have special festivities on this day. One of the young girls of the household, dressed in white and wearing a crown of lighted candles, awakens the family in the morning and offers them cakes and coffee. For the rest of the day she is called Lucia or Lussi instead of her own name.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 147:13-21
In the evening: Psalm 126
Read hymn “Rejoice, Rejoice Believers”
Read one or more of the following 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.
Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Lucia triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death: Grant us, who now remember her with thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world, that we may receive with her the crown of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility
For peace in the world
For those who work for small wages
For those afflicted with diseases of the eye
For the light of Christ to shine in the dark corners of the world
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.