DAILY PRAYERS and/or PROPER OF THE SAINTS & SEASON
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Feast of Saint Andrew
Saint Bibiana
Saint Francis Xavier
Saint Peter Chrysologus
Saint Sabbas
Saint Nicholas
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Saint Ambrose
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Pope Saint Melchiades
Pope Saint Damasus I
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Lucy
GAUDETE SUNDAY
Saint Eusebius
First Day Greater Antiphon
Second Day Greater Antiphon
Third Day Greater Antiphon
Fourth Day Greater Antiphon
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Fifth Day Greater Antiphon
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Sixth Day Greater Antiphon
Seventh Day Greater Antiphon
Feast of the NATIVITY OF OUR LORD


December 2003:


Prayer for the Feast of the NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

  Grant us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we on whom the new light of Thy Incarnate Word is poured, may show forth in our works that brightness which now doth illuminate our minds by faith. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

From the Collect for the Second Mass on Christmas

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expecatatio Gentium, eat Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster.
"O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior, come to save us, O Lord our God."

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.
"O King of the Gentiles and the desired of them, Thou cornerstone that makest both one, come and deliver man, whom Thou didst form out of the dust of the earth."

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast conducted the holy virgin Frances Xavier, kindled with with the flame of the Most Sacred Heart, across the world to gain souls to Thee, and founded through her a new family of virgins in Thy Church: grant, we beseech Thee, that through her intercession, we may be endowed with the virtues of Thy Heart, and may be found worthy to reach the haven of eternal happiness. Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect from the Mass celebrating Mother Cabrini

O Oriens, spelndor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
"O Dawn of the East, brightness of the light eternal, and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death."

See, Proper of the Mass for the FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

EMBER SATURDAY IN ADVENT
O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit, caudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
"O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, Who openest and no man shutteth, Who shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring forth from his prison-house, the captive that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death."

EMBER FRIDAY IN ADVENT
O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.
"O Root of Jesse, Who standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication: come to deliver us, and tarry not."

O Adonai, et dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
"O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai : come and with an outstretch arm redeem us."

EMBER WEDNESDAY IN ADVENT
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum non viam prudentiae.
"O Wisdom, who camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence."

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Eusebius

O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Eusebius, Thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that we who celebrate his Heavenly birthday, may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass commemorating St. Euseubius

See, Proper of the Mass for the GAUDETE SUNDAY

Prayer for Gaudete Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men: for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing by prayer let your petitions be made known to God - (Ps. 84: 2). Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Introit for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Gaudete Sunday

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Lucy

Hear us, O God, our Savior; that as we rejoice in the feast of blessed Lucy, Thy Virgin and Martyr, so we may be taught by its devotion towards Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass commemorating St. Lucy

Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

O God, Who hast willed that, placed as we are under the especial patronage of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, we should receive an abundant measure of unceasing favors: grant to us, Thy suppliant people, whose joy it is this day to honor her upon earth, for evermore to be made happy by seeing her in Heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

Prayer for the Feast of Pope Saint Damasus

Eternal Shepherd, regard graciously Thy flock, and keep it with an everlasting protection, by the intercession of blessed Damasus, Thy Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou hast constituted Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring Pope St. Damasus

Prayer for the Feast of Pope Saint Melchiades

Eternal Shepherd, regard graciously Thy flock, and keep it with an everlasting protection, by the intercession of blessed Melchiades, Thy Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou hast constituted Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring Pope St. Melchiades

Prayer for the Feast of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for Thy Son: we beseech Thee, that as by the foreseen death of the same Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all stain, so Thou wouldst grant unto us also, through her intercession, to come unto Thee with clean hearts. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the Solemn Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception

See, Proper of the Mass for the SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

For the Second Sunday of Advent it is important to realize that numerous allusions appear in the Liturgy of this day to Jerusalem and her people. Let us be filled with sentiments of hope and joy, for the coming of Jesus is nigh. Let us prepare the way in our hearts for the Messias: Our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ."
Marian Missal

Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of Thine only-begotten Son; that through His coming we may attain to serve Thee with purified minds. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the First Sunday of Advent

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Ambrose

O God, Who didst give blessed Ambrose as a minister of eternal salvation to Thy people: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in Heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Ambrose

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Nicholas

O Lord God, sanctify, we beseech Thee, these gifts which we offer up on the festival of Thy holy Bishop Nicholas: that by means of them our life may ever be directed both in adversity and in prosperity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Secret of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Nicholas

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Sabbas

May the intercession of Blessed Sabbas, Thy Abbot, commend us unto Thee, we beseech Thee, O Lord: so that what we may not have by any merits of ours, we may obtain by his patronage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Sabbas

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus

O God, Who didst choose blessed Peter Chrysologus, the illustrious Doctor, and miraculously point him out to rule and instruct Thy Church: grant, we beseech Thee, that as we may have had him for our teacher on earth, we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in Heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Peter Chrysologus

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier

O God, Who by the preaching and miracles of blessed Francis, wast pleased to join to Thy Church the nations of the Indies: mercifully grant, that we who venerate his glorious merits, may likewise follow the example of his virtues. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Francis Xavier

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Bibiana

O God, the Giver of all good gifts, Who in Thy handmaid Bibiana didst to the flower of virginity join the palm of martyrdom: do Thou, through her intercession so unite our minds in the bond of charity to Thee, that all dangers being done away, we may obtain everlasting rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass commemorating the Feast of Saint Bibiana

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Andrew

We humbly entreat Thy majesty, O Lord, that as the blessed Apostle Andrew was once a teacher and ruler of Thy Church: so he may be a constant advocate for us before Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honoring St. Andrew

See, Proper of the Mass for the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The First Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Liturgical Year. The Mass for the first Sunday prepares us for the double coming (adventus) of mercy and justice. That is why St. Paul tells us, in the Epistle, to cast off sin in order that, being ready for the coming of Christ as our Savior, we may also be ready for His coming as our Judge, of which we learn in the Gospel. Let us prepare ourselves, by pious aspirations and by the reformation of our life for this twofold coming. Jesus Our Lord wil reward those who yearn for Him and await Him. "Those who trust in Him shall not be confounded."
Marian Missal

Prayer for the First Sunday of Advent

Stir up Thy power, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come: that farom the threatening dangers of our sins we may deserve to be rescued by Thy protection, and to be saved by Thy deliverance. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Collect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the First Sunday of Advent


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