Pause. Reflect. Pray.
In this season of anticipation, join us in reflection and song. You will find a short audio program added each day of Advent. Only a few minutes long, each installment includes scripture, reflection, and a musical selection presented by a member of the GIA staff.
Fourth Week of Advent (Christmas Eve)
The LORD also reveals to you that he will establish a house for you. And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever. (2 Samuel 7)
Fourth Week of Advent (Thursday)
“So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.” (Luke 1)
Fourth Week of Advent (Wednesday)
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.” (Luke 1:44-47)
Fourth Week of Advent (Tuesday)
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:43-45)
Fourth Week of Advent (Monday)
Fourth Sunday of Advent
“And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:44-45)
Third Week of Advent (Saturday)
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. (Matthew 1:19-20)
Third Week of Advent (Friday)
Third Week of Advent (Thursday)
Third Week of Advent (Wednesday)
And Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” (Luke 7:22-23)
Memorial of Saint John of the Cross
Memorial of Saint Lucy
Third Sunday of Advent
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water,but one mightier than I is coming.I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3)
Second Week of Advent (Saturday)
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. (Matthew 17)
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “On Jordan’s Bank” (arr. Richard Proulx).
Second Week of Advent (Friday)
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “Psalm 1” (Nathan Carter).
Second Week of Advent (Thursday)
I will plant in the desert the cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and olive;
I will set in the wasteland the cypress,
together with the plane tree and the pine,
That all may see and know,
observe and understand,
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41)
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “Let Us Give Thanks for Unknown Blessings” (Carol Browning).
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. (Luke 1)
“Ave Maria” from Consoliere Classics (arr. Alison Leudecke) and “Immaculate Mary” (arr. Orin Johnson).
Second Week of Advent (Tuesday)
What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost. (Matthew 18)
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “Wait for the Lord” (Jacques Berthier).
Second Week of Advent (Monday)
Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God. (Isaiah 35)
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “When You Come” (Zack Stachowski).
Second Sunday of Advent
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. (Isaiah)
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from Seasons of Peace (arr. Bobby Fisher) and “Prepare the Way for the Coming of the Lord” (Jalonda Robertson).
First Week of Advent (Saturday)
The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel, for the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone. (Isaiah 29:19-20)
First Week of Advent (Friday)
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:28-29)
First Week of Advent (Thursday)
First Week of Advent (Wednesday)
First Week of Advent (Monday)
First Sunday of Advent
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.” (Jeremiah 33)