Our prayer for this day, the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.
The spirit of the Lord God is upon us. And with His Spirit, we rejoice in God our Savior. In all circumstances we give thanks, rejoicing always, praying without ceasing. We seek to recognize the Lord as the One Who is among us, the One whose very sandal strap we are worthy to untie.
We rejoice heartily in the Lord, our God is the joy of our soul. We proclaim the greatness of the Lord. He has filled us with good things, we seek not to quench the Spirit nor despise prophetic utterances. We trust that the Lord will make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. We desire that this God of peace make us perfectly holy – spirit, soul, and body.
When asked to respond in faith, accounting for what it is we have to say for ourselves… May we be the anointed voice that cries out for the Life in this desert of a world, bringing glad tidings to the poor, healing to the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to captives. May we baptize with water and Spirit announce the timeless favor from the Lord. We know that we are not the source of our Light of joy, but we come to testify to the Light, to rejoice within it.<image source>