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Catholic Prayer: Second Sunday of Advent: Prayer Devotions



At Sunday dinner, or perhaps the evening before the Second Sunday in Advent as the Mass of the Sunday is prepared together with the children, the second candle on the Advent wreath, along with the first, is lighted. The oration of the Mass is read as the family prayer. Psalm 79, the psalm of the week, could be memorized at least in part with the father and the rest of the family alternately reciting the verses:

Give ear, O shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest
Joseph like a flock.
Thou who sittest above the Cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim, and Benjamin, and Manasses.
Arouse thy strength and come to save us.
O God, restore us and cause Thy face to shine,
that we may be saved. . . .

Prayer Source: True Christmas Spirit by Rev. Edward J. Sutfin, Grail Publications, St. Meinrad, Indiana, 1955
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