Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for 4th Sunday of Advent
The Collect at Mass yesterday is one of hte most familiar of the series of opening prayers used at Mass, because of its use also in the Rosary.
When we pray the Rosary we contemplate Mysteries of the life of Mary and Jesus. In the prayer we place ourselves alongside Mary and Jesus and the others whose history is preserved in the Gospels and in the Rosary. The Incarnation was made known not only to Mary but to us, and the Passion, Cross and Resurrection were not events in Jesus life only, but events in whcih we share and hope to share.
- In what way(s) are you aware of receiving God’s grace in recent days?
- For what – in the days to come – do you need God’s grace.
- Maybe in the coming days you can share a praying of the Rosary with family or friends… perhaps focussing on the Joyful Mysteries of the Annunciation and Visitation and Nativity…
Annunciation, Rosary Way. Aylesford Priory. (c) 2012, Allen Morris