Opening Prayer: Advent 4

Here’s an opening prayer for the fourth Sunday of Advent based on Luke 1:26-38.

Opening Prayer
(based on Luke 1:26-38)

God, who are the Most High Lord of all,
you have a surprising preference
for people who are small and humble
and who expect everything from you.
You chose Mary, the unassuming virgin from Nazareth,
to become the mother of your Son Jesus.

Through your Holy Spirit
make us aware of the poverty of our hearts,
that we may be open to you and welcome you,
be ready, like Mary, to serve you and your plans,
and expect everything from you.
Come to us and give yourself to us
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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