As Christmas approaches
we reflect on Old Testament titles,
Old Testament scriptural images that prefigured Jesus Christ.
It these days before this great feast of our faith
we join the Church throughout the world and make our plea,
we cry out for the Messiah to come.
We watch and we wait for soon the Lord will be here.
We raise our voices in prayer saying:
“O Adonai, Lord of all creation, God most high, ruler of the house of Israel,
just as you gave Moses the law on Mount Sinai,
just as you established a Covenant with your chosen people,
to guide and protect and provide for them,
come with outstretched arms and redeem us.
Just as you came to Moses clothed in a burning bush
we celebrate how you came to us clothed in human flesh
we embrace you as you come to us today clothed in bread and wine,
and we look forward to the fulfillment of your promise to return one day
clothed in glory as judge of the living and the dead.
“O Adonai, O Lord, holy and full of power,
you who cup in your hands the waters of the sea,
who mark off the heavens with a span,
who weight the mountains in scales….come and rescue us.
Remember your promise of mercy.
Show us your tender compassion.
Save us from our enemies.
Make haste to help us.
You are our refuge and strength.
It is in you that we find our home.
You are the foundation upon which we build our lives.
Bless us by showing us the way of peace
and writing our names in your Book of Life.
“O Adonai, Lord of heaven and earth,
who is throned on the cherubim,
we invoke your name as we prepare the way.
We rouse ourselves from spiritual sleep.
We rejoice, we worship, we exalt
as we wait for your advent, your arrival
for you will come like the dawn of unending day
and will dispel the darkness of sin forever.
“Come Lord Jesus and do not delay!