Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Today’s prayer reminds me of Galatians 5:1: “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Today’s prayer as well as St Paul in his letter to Galatians makes clear that it is Our Lord who sets us free from sin. We cannot make ourselves holy; Jesus makes us holy. As Christmas approaches, may we reflect on the profound implications of Jesus’ nativity for us.