Daily Advent Evening Prayer - Fourth Tuesday

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This will be the last of our Daily Advent Evening Prayer posts. I know that preparing and writing them helped me in my Advent prayer - and I hope they helped you, too! Merry Christmas!

Note: our Evening Prayer for December 17-23 will begin with the O Antiphons. For more information on these ancient antiphons, see

December 23
O Emmanuel

“O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.”

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

Isaiah had prophesied, “The Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” (7:14). (Remember “Emmanuel” means “God is with us.”)

Come, Emmanuel, and be true to your name:
be our God-with-us!

Be our God-with-us in war:
and show us the path to peace...

Be our God-with-us in every joy
and show yourself its source...

Be our
God-with-us in our grief
and lead us through darkness to light...

Be our
God-with-us in our loneliness
and wrap your arms around us in warmth...

Be our
God-with-us in our hopes and dreams
and teach us to trust
that we will have we truly need...

Be our
God-with-us when we fail you
and our neighbor and ourselves:
forgive us and mend us with your mercy...

Be our God-with-us in weakness:
be strong for us, in us and through us...

Be our
God-with-us in the Church:
in the power of your Spirit lead us to truth...

Be our
God-with-us in our heart of hearts
and teach us to long for all that is yours to give...

Come, Emmanuel, and be true to your name:
Be our God-with-us this Christmas...
Be our
God-with-us in the new year before us...

We rejoice even now
for at the end of all days you will come,
God-with-us, and set us free...

Music for your prayer and reflection...

Our Father...



  1. Thank you for the enormous amount of work that went into these posts. They have been a gift to my own Advent prayer and no doubt the prayers of many who are part of this community on your blog.

    Christmas blessings to all!


  2. ....what Fran said!

    Thank you CP...and and wishing you a blessed, holy Christmas season.

    Happy Christmas to all!!


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