Catholic Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come,
that by thy protection we may be rescued
from the dangers that beset us through our sins;
and be a Redeemer to deliver us;
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.

May be said while lighting the first Advent Candle

29 November – First Sunday of Advent

Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, God of our ancestors:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
You called the patriarchs to live by the light of faith
and to journey in the hope of your promised fulfilment.
May we be obedient to your call
and be ready and watchful to receive your Christ,
a lamp to our feet and a light to our path;
for you are our light and our salvation.
Blessed be God for ever.

Groping in the Darkness – A prayer of Fr Benigno Beltran

Lord Jesus Christ, bread of life and light of the world,
enlighten our lives as we grope in the darkness of uncertainty —
when we do not know where to go,
when we do not know what to do.

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8 November – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church


In the traditional church calendar, “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world. It is fitting that the modern church has set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

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