Lord, help me to keep a balance this season.
Let me keep my buying in perspective,
not to spend more than I need to or can afford.
Let me not give in to the pressures of this world
and not equate love with money spent.
Let me always remember the many people
who have so much less in material things.
Help me to buy wisely,
so that my choices will not burden those in other countries
who are so deeply affected by economic conditions.
Lord, help me to keep a balance this season.
Dear God, as I look through my gift shopping list,
I hold up to You each person listed on it.
Slowly, one by one, I ask that the fire of
Your abundant love burn within each of them.
I pray that the gift I find for each person
will bring joy into that life.
And, I pray that I may be worthy
of Your love during this Holy of season.
Lord, give me a positive outlook on life.
Help me to lessen the stress and anxiety in the world.
May Your Spirit empower me to offer
comfort rather than complaints;
to speak tenderly rather than angrily;
to seek Your presence rather than
wander aimlessly on my own.
A Root shall come forth from the stock of Jesse
And a Flower shall rise out of his root!
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him —
the spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the spirit of counsel and of fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and of godliness.
The people that walked in darkness
shall see a great light,
For a Child is born to us
and a Son is given to us.
To Him all power shall be given.
His Name shall be: Wonderful One,
Strong God, Eternal One, Prince of Peace.
He shall sit on the throne of David,
And He will found a new Covenant
which will last forever and ever.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
O guide of the flock of Joseph!
Rouse Your power, and come to save us.
O Lord of hosts, how long will You burn with anger
while Your people pray?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
O Lord of hosts, restore us,
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.
O Jesus, the world waits for You.
Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours.
Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord
who enlists me in God's own work for justice.
Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world,
peace in my home, peace in myself.
Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy.
I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
O God, Who endowed holy John,
Your confessor and doctor,
with a wonderful love of self-denial
and a surpassing love of the cross;
grant that by following ever in his footsteps,
we may obtain everlasting glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
Saint Lucy, whose beautiful name
signifies light, By the light of Faith
which God bestowed upon you,
increase and preserve His light in my soul,
so that I may avoid evil,
be zealous in the performance of good works,
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness
and the darkness of evil and sin.
Obtain for me, by your intercession
with God, perfect vision
for my bodily eyes and the grace to use them
For God’s greater honor and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr,
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
God of power and mercy,
you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac
with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.
May her prayers help all men and women
to accept each other as brothers and sisters.
Through your justice present in our hearts
may Your peace reign in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.
Come, long-expected Jesus.
Excite in me the joy and love and peace
it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord.
Raise in me, too,
sober reverence for the God who acted there,
hearty gratitude for the life begun there,
and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
whose advent I hail.
O Holy Mother,
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate
and merciful hands for introducing
and increasing your glory to the maximum
in all the many strayed and indifferent souls,
and thus help extend as far as possible
the Blessed Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
For wherever you enter,
you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness,
since it is through your hands
that all graces come to us
from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Lord, you have created me for goodness,
love, compassion and peace.
Help me to make good use of the gifts
you have given me to make a difference
where I am at this moment of my life.
You are the compassion of God in the world.
You never forget any of your people.
Give me the courage to be
the compassion of God for others.
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that,
as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son,
You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us,
purified through Her intercession,
to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end.
Lord, I long to feel secure and at peace.
Let your love by my refuge.
Show me how to build my life
on the everlasting rock of your compassion.
Lord, sometimes I forget
that the work of love is my responsibility, too.
Help me to join with you
to pour out love wherever it is needed.
God Our Father we pray,
That through the intercession of St. Nicholas,
You will protect our children.
Keep them safe from harm,
And help them grow,
And become worthy of Your sight.
Give them strength,
To keep their Faith in You,
And to keep alive their joy,
In Your creation.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.