Slide 1: To Jesus through Mary 1st week: sunday, 28 nov to saturday, 4 dec praying @ advent time Virgin Annunciate by Sassoferrato Slide 2: Placing yourself in prayer
Breathe in; breathe out. Repeat this slowly a few times.
As you quieten, be aware of God’s presence.
Rest in God’s love. Savour this reality of your life.
Proceed when you sense God inviting you onward. Slide 3: Begin by speaking to the Lord
I am looking forward to Christmas.
I want to see your radiant light this Christmas.
Grant me your light so that my darkness will lift.
I know I can hope in you because you are our saving light.
Amen.” Slide 4: The people of Israel waited in darkness for God’s coming. They awaited God’s radiant light; they awaited their Messiah.
Like them, Mary also awaited God’s coming. She would have found hope in these lines from the Prophet Isaiah… Annunciazone by Simone Martini Slide 5: Isaiah 2: 2-5
In days to come, the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established … many peoples shall come and say: "Come, let us climb the LORD'S mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths."
For from Zion shall go forth … the word of the LORD …. He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! Spend some moments with Mary to ponder on this hopeful promise of God’s reign on earth.
What are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
Share with the Lord Annunciazone by Simone Martini Slide 6: Isaiah’s words are like seeds of faith.
They speak of God’s presence, actions and gifts to humankind.
They manifest God’s promise in the fullness of time. Mary pondered on them.
She nurtured them. They helped her grow
in friendship with God. Annunciazone by Simone Martini Slide 7: God has planted seeds of faith in your life too.
What are these?
Are you nurturing them?
Spend some time sharing with Mary about the seeds of faith in your life:
Are they healthy and growing, and leading you to God? Or, are they dead?
Can they help you deepen your friendship with God this Advent? How so? Annunciazone, Simone Martini Slide 8: Closing the Prayer
Be quiet for a moment.
Recall all that has happen in your prayer.
Speak with the Lord in thanksgiving.
End with the Glory Be, or with
As I begin my advent wait with Mary,
help me nurture my seeds of faith.
Help me so that I will be ready to receive you,
God’s radiant light, this Christmas.
I make this prayer to you, our Hope.
Amen. Slide 9: Virgin Annunciate by Sassoferrato Join us next Sunday for another set of prayer slides to prepare spiritually for Christmas.