An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?
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Look: O Root, Ansgar Holmberg of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
O Radix: O Root of Jesse, who standest for an ensign to the peoples, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, and to whom the gentiles shall pray: Come and deliver us, and do not delay.
Read this post for an overview of praying the O Antiphons the week leading up to Christmas.
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Pray in song the fourth verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel:
On Wednesdays through Advent and Christmastide we’ll practice a 5-minute contemplative prayer method adapted from Joshua Banner’s booklet “40 Ways To Spend 5 Minutes With God”.*
Eliminate an unnecessary daily habit in order to offer more room for God to fill today.
"For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay." (Hab. 2:3)
Create more space for God throughout your day by eliminating an unnecessary daily habit. Remove some or all internet access, news, music, email, or texts from your morning routine, your drive to work, during a lunch break, from dinner through bed or even throughout a whole day. Allow God to fill this new empty space. Use your five minutes to reflect on how this kind of fasting is affecting your openness to God.
* Josh Banner is the Director of Invitation, a practice of spiritual formation through a podcast that is invigorated by the movements of the Holy Spirit in a prison. I’ve enjoyed this podcast for it’s guided meditations and gentle teaching on prayer. You can receive a copy of the excellent booklet “40 Ways To Spend 5 Minutes With God” and support The Invitation at the Kickstarter’s $15 level.
(See all Advent Daybook posts from 2017 here.)