Advent Prayer for December 17th

O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature, who willed that your Word should take flesh in an ever-virgin womb, look with favor on our prayers, that your Only Begotten Son, having taken to himself our humanity, may be pleased to grant us a share in his divinity. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

I love this prayer. It says how Jesus, in the Incarnation, took up our broken human nature and thereby united us to Himself. More than just bringing Himself down to us, Jesus brings us up to Himself. This prayers asks for the grace to fulfill what is promised in Romans 8:16-17: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.”

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