READINGThe people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.FROM ISAIAH 9:2
REFLECTIONMary has only known the rule of the Romans and their puppet kings. Yet her song praises a strong King with a holy name who has saved his people before and will save them again. Just as he promised. Even though she doesn’t know how or where the light of God will break in, she hopes, she waits, she believes.
PREPARATIONHow sweet are your promises to our taste,more than honey to our mouth!Your word is a lamp to our feet,and a light for our path.Revive us, Lord, according to your word.
THE SONG OF MARY WITH RESPONSEMy soul magnifies the Lord.My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,for he has looked at the humble state of his servant. ResponseWe can not see the way,Our times are dark.We wait,We wait for youWe wait for you to reveal your salvation.
For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.For he who is mighty has done great things for me.Holy is his name.His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.He has shown strength with his arm.
ResponseOur need is great.We need to know mercy,Your mercy,The kindness that you have made known.
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.He has put down princes from their thrones.And has exalted the lowly.He has filled the hungry with good things.He has sent the rich away empty.
ResponseRemember us.Hear us.We know our need.Reveal yourself to us today.
He has given help to Israel, his servant,That he might remember mercy,As he spoke to our fathers,To Abraham and his offspring forever.
ResponseLet your help come quickly.Meet us right where we are,We can not find you alone.
You who dwells in the shelter of the Most HighWill abide under the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord:He is my refuge and my fortress,My God, in whom I trust.For he will deliver you From the snare of the fowlerAnd from the deadly pestilence.He will cover you with his pinions,And under his wings you will find refuge.His faithfulness Is a shield and a buckler.
You will not fear the terror by night,Nor the arrow that flies by day,Nor the pestilence that walks in darkness,Nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at your side,Ten thousand at your right hand,But it shall not come near you.You only need to look with your eyesTo see the recompense of the wicked.For You, O Lord, are my refuge!
Because you have made the Most High your dwelling place.No evil shall befall you,No plague shall come near your tent.For he will command his angels concerning you,To keep you in all your ways.They shall bear you up in their handsSo you do not strike your foot against a stone.You will tread on the lion and the adder;The young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
Because he has set his love upon me, Therefore will I deliver him.I will set him on high,Because he has known my name.He shall call upon me,And I will answer him.I will be with him in trouble.I will deliver and honor him.I will satisfy him with long life,And show him my salvation.
SHEMA & THE JESUS CREEDHear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
THE LORD’S PRAYEROur Father in heaven,Hallowed be your name.Your Kingdom come.Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever
CLOSINGAmen,Yes,Come Lord Jesus.
Prayers are based off of the following scripturesPsalm 119, Isaiah 9, Psalm 91, Luke 1, Revelation 22