3rd Monday of Advent Holy Hour

3rd Monday of Advent Holy Hour
Meditation: O Come All ye Faithful: The Father’s Perpetual Invitation to His People

1. O come, all ye faithful,                                          O come, let us adore Him
Joyful and triumphant,                                             O come, let us adore Him,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;                      O come, let us adore Him,
Come and behold him,                                             Christ, the Lord.
Born the kings of angels.

2. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest!

3. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

First Point for Meditation: The Catechism teaches: “Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful love.”  What is my definition of adoration? How do I worship, adore and cherish God in your life and in your prayer?

            Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7; Daniel 3:26-90

Second Point for Meditation: St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches, “The Father desires only to give consoling Love at the foot of the Cross.”  God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah, “Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you, I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for you.” Here the tables are turned: it is God cherishing us. How do I experience God cherishing me, loving me? Prayer? Consolation? The people in my life? How does God love me through them? What about when I suffer in any way? Can I still feel God cherishing me, loving me? How does the Father to that?

            Scripture: Isaiah 43: 1-8; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:37

Third Point for Meditation: My place of metanoia: ‘ongoing conversion of heart’. Where can I do better at cherishing, loving those around me? Is there a relationship that needs mending: what words can the Father give me so that I can begin to heal that relationship? In what other ways might I truncate my ability to love people around me: prejudice? Intolerance? Gossip? Apathy?  What can I start doing tomorrow to begin to cherish the people, both known and strangers, that I meet? Jesus ministry of healing is all about cherishing the people who come to him. How can I share I this ministry of healing and giving?

            Scripture: Mark 10:21; Matthew 9: 35-37; Luke 9:10-17

 

Sing Over your Children
By Matt Maher

I flirt with the world
It steals my love for You
My fear grips my faith
And I am left unmoved

Your gaze stops my heart
Your voice fills the dark
Your love is the spark that lights this life
So we rise

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

You quiet the storm
Inside my shipwrecked soul
Your spirit will lead
It calls the wayward home

At the sound of Your name
Our sin is washed away
In Christ we're crucified
In You we die, in You we rise

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

Let us see through Your eyes
We are Your great delight
Father You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

And we're singing along
Your daughters and sons
We're singing Your song
We are Your children

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

Let us see through Your eyes
We are Your great delight
Father, You sing