Week 4
Dec. 18th thru Dec. 24th


Week 4

Daily Reflections

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Opening Song

This is Jesus
We Are Messengers

Opening Prayer

O Emmanuel,
may this wreath and its light remind us
that it is Jesus who came to fulfill all our desires.
Bless this wreath and all who gather around it
as we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas.
Come, Lord Jesus, bring HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE to our world.
(Light the fourth candle of the Advent Wreath; Purple)

Gospel Reading

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
(Matthew 1:20-24)


A wonderful way to share the Holy Spirit with others is through our presence, bringing them the presence of the Lord who dwells within us. We make visible to others the LOVE of the Lord when we bring His LOVE to them in their time of need, even if we are in need ourselves!

Children’s Video

Saint Nicholas
Brother Francis


For Unto Us  –  LOVE
by Lo Alaman

Questions to Contemplate

What does the term “wounded healer” mean to you?
Why does bringing LOVE to others also bring healing to us?
How can God’s LOVE be a light in the darkness of someone in need?
How does having the Lord with us give us an endless reserve of LOVE?
In what ways is our infinite and Almighty God LOVE?

Closing Prayer

Jesus, may the light of Your Love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at Your great Love for us. Let Your Love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to You, O Emmanuel.

Closing Song

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Peter Hollens