On the third day of Advent, we celebrate the coming of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance and baptizing those who repented. We also celebrate the appearance of an angel to Zechariah, who was struck dumb by his inability to speak until he had seen what God was doing. This is one of the earliest stories about silence as a positive thing instead of a negative.
The third week of Advent is often called “Gaudete” (Rejoice!) because it includes a Sunday that is really part of Christmas season. But there are still two more weeks before Christmas! The “Gaudete” Sunday doesn’t mean that we should skip celebrating this week!
Prayer For The Third Week Of Advent
Rejoice in the Lord, always:
again, I say, rejoice.
Indeed, the Lord is near.
O God, who see how your people
faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation,
and to celebrate them always
with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. *
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God. Isaiah 61
Jesus quotes from this passage from Isaiah, referring to himself.
We are opening our hearts this Advent to received his good news,
his healing and message of freedom and release from what holds us captive.
Let us welcome his coming to us these special days ahead.
To God our Father, who has given us the grace
to wait in graceful hope for the revelation of
our Lord Jesus Christ, let us make our prayer:
Show us your mercy, Lord.
Sanctify us in mind and body,
– keep us without sin until the coming of your Son.
Make us walk this day in holiness,
– and live upright and devout lives in this world.
May we be clothed in our Lord Jesus Christ,
– and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help us to stand watchful and ready,
– until your Son is revealed in all his glory.
I lift my heart up to you, Lord,
to thank you for the blessings
you shower on me each day.
You are the ‘joy of my soul.’
I know that in your great love,
I am held and protected by you.
I pray and listen to the good news you send;
I ask and feel the healing.
I am freed by you
from the things in this world
that let me hide from you.
I rejoice, I rejoice, down to my soul.
Help me to prepare my heart
to be open and able to receive your immense love.
Catholic prayer for the third week of advent
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The third week of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday (meaning “Rejoice”). This is a day of rejoicing because we know that Christ will come soon. It is also a time to rejoice in all that God has done for us.
The readings for this Sunday are: Isaiah 40:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3; Ephesians 3: 14-19; Luke 1:39-45
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
God has chosen to reveal himself to his people through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Church teaches that God has made known his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ and his Church. The Church proclaims that God’s love is revealed in Jesus Christ who came to save humankind from sin and death by dying on the cross.
The Christian community celebrates this experience of salvation by gathering together in local communities, known as churches or parishes (from a Greek word meaning gathering). In these communities, believers share their experiences of God’s love with one another through prayer, worship, study of Scripture, Christian service and fellowship.
The Catholic Church teaches that all people are called to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. All people are invited to become part of the Catholic Church.