Fourth Week of Advent – Christmas Eve

Readings
First Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Gospel Reading
Luke 1: 67-79

Opening Prayer

Radiant Dawn, the splendor of Your eternal light is gently overwhelming the darkness. You come to build a house of light among us – the temple of Your royal presence, which will last forever. I’m so excited that You are coming to visit us fulfilling ancient promises and hope-filled dreams. Give us the awe of Zechariah at the surprising and wonderful ways You love us and embrace us. InSpirit us to pierce the darkness of disbelief to see You as Emmanuel. Make us pregnant with promise and possibility. In the virginity of our souls, overwhelm the dark emptiness and build Your eternal dwelling of life – the dawn is breaking into daylight. Mary and Joseph are arriving in crowded Bethlehem. You are arriving. You are the spark and DaySpring of my soul. Shine forth, Radiant Dawn. The Child is being born. Hope and love are being reborn in us. I whisper “thank you” as not to disturb the gentleness of the dawn!

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