Preparing for Christ’s Coming

As we prepare for Gaudate Sunday, a time of celebrating Christ’s arrival is near, it is also a time of asking, “Are we ready to receive this most Holy of Guests into our homes (our hearts)?” As with any guest, but especially the esteemed ones, we make our homes a place of special welcome. So too, let us prepare our hearts, by noticing the things in our lives that are out of place, and putting them in order. This process involves an examine of conscience, an owning up to the times we have failed in our Christian witness, and turning to the Lord in His Mercy, to forgive us. Before watching/listening to the below song (via The Anchoress), take a moment to put at the Lord’s feet the things in your life you wish to reconcile:

Translation:

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.
Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

To Thee, highest King,
Redeemer of all,
do we lift up our eyes
in weeping:
Hear, O Christ, the prayers
of your servants.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

Right hand of the Father,
corner-stone,
way of salvation,
gate of heaven,
wash away our
stains of sin.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

We beseech Thee, God,
in Thy great majesty:
Hear our groans
with Thy holy ears:
calmly forgive
our crimes.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

To Thee we confess
our sins admitted
with a contrite heart
We reveal the things hidden:
By Thy kindness, O Redeemer,
overlook them.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

The Innocent, seized,
not refusing to be led;
condemned by false witnesses
because of impious men
O Christ, keep safe those
whom Thou hast redeemed.

Hear us, O Lord, and have mercy, because we have sinned against Thee.

Act of Contrition:

O my God! I am heartily sorry
For having offended Thee and
I detest all my sins, because
I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell;
But most of all because I have offended Thee, My God,
Who art all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
To confess my sins, to do penance,
And to amend my life. Amen.

Other links:

Always a Way Back to God

Forgiveness – A Way Home

Taking Time to Reflect

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