Stir up our hearts, O Lord,
to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son;
that through His coming,
we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds.
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Advent wreath prayer:
O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure souls. Through the same Christ our Lord.
Jesse tree symbol: Joseph (son of Jacob.) Genesis 37: 1 – 36
Tomorrow is the feast of the Immaculate Conception!
Our second week: of Advent:
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception activities, Juan Diego activities, Our Lady of Guadalupe activities (See ideas here and here.)
- building a crib for the baby Jesus. We will fill it with cotton balls to represent our sacrifices and gifts to the Christ Child
- outdoor lighting/decorations
- indoor decorations
- Find Christmas dresses/slacks/shirts for the kids
- finish wrapping stuff