December 21 St. Peter Canisius

The first person in the world to welcome Jesus, to recognize him in the womb of his own mother, was a child: John the Baptist.
It is wonderful; God chooses an unborn child to announce the coming of his redeeming Son.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata


O Antiphon

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.


Prayer for Christ’s Coming in Grace

O Lord Jesus, during this Advent come to us in Your grace. Come to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to welcome You on Christmas Day. Come to comfort us in sadness, to cheer us in loneliness, to refresh us in weariness, to buttress us in temptations, to lead us in doubt, and to exult with us in joy.