Saturday, Second Week of Advent

Theme: David
Symbol: A Crown

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Русский: Из иконостаса церкви Чудо в Хонех Чудова монастыря Московского Кремля.Первая треть XVII века.
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Московский Кремль.

Prayer of Ven. Bruno Lanteri

Almighty and Eternal God, I (name), although most  unworthy, but encouraged by your compassion and infinite mercy, and by the desire of serving you, offer before the Most Holy Virgin Mary and all the Court of Heaven, to your Divine Majesty, this day, and all my thoughts, words and actions in it. I humbly beg of your infinite goodness and mercy, by the Blood of Jesus Christ, that you choose to accept this offering in the odor of sweetness, and that as you have given me the grace to desire and to make this offering, so also you grant me the grace to fulfill it. Amen.

O Virgin immaculately conceived, put into my heart those things of your Son most pleasing to him. Amen.

Scripture: Proverbs 4:5-9

“Get wisdom, get understanding!

Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;

love her, and she will safeguard you; The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom;

whatever else you get, get understanding. Extol her, and she will exalt you;

she will bring you honors if you embrace her; She will put on your head a graceful diadem;

a glorious crown will she bestow on you.”

Reflection: David was the youngest and smallest of Jesse’s seven sons; yet he was chosen by God to be king, because God looks into the heart where he could see David’s trust in him. Wisdom, not power, is the crown the saint seeks. Are you seeking greater understanding of your faith this Advent? Are you growing in the wisdom of God?