WEEK OF ADVENT II
Commemoration of St. Lucy
December 13 is the feast day of St. Lucy, Santa Lucia, a martyr in Sicily ca. 304. Although little is known of her life, she has been remembered with great affection by many peoples. Before the Gregorian reform of the calendar, her feast day was the shortest day of the year, and the day, was celebrated as the turning toward the increase of daylight. Swedish communities, including many in America, have special festivities on this day.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalms 65, 147:1-12
In the evening: Psalm 125, 91
Read Hymn “Comfort, Comfort Ye my People”
One or more of the following lessons:
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 Lucy 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 your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for all in civil authority
For the leaders of the nations of the world
For respect for the land and the conservation of natural resources
For protection against the perils of abundance
For peace among the nations
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.