“For what shall we pray?”
December 4, 2009
During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, immediately after the recitation of the Pater Noster, The priest says this prayer:
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The sentiments expressed in this prayer must be understood and earnestly requested in our time.
They are precisely what is needed during this “Season of Waiting”, this time of Advent: to be delivered from moral and physical evil; to be given the gift of peace and serenity; to be freed from sin; to put aside anxiety and to await the coming of Christ in a spirit of joyful hope.
It would be helpful if each one of us were to recite this prayer daily during the Advent Season.
Let us place these petitions in the hands of Our Lady who lived out the very first Advent in a spirit of “joyful hope” and trust.