St. Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

 December 3rd is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, SJ


We light the First Candle on the Advent Wreath.  Then make the sign of the cross as we say or sing:


O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Blest is the One who comes in the NAME of our God

~Hosanna in the highest!



All may sing an Advent Morning Hymn—or one for the feast of St. Francis Xavier. 
Confessors Witness to the Faith is one possibility.

Confessors witness to the faith
God’s loving covenant retell;
As living promise keeps alive
in Abraham and Samuel.


The Baptist John but points the way

To Christ, the Way, the Truth, and Life,

And human heroism hints

The godly presence in our strife.


Confessing strength as weakness yields

To let His power overcome,

Each manifests the infinite;

Each but a cipher in the sum.


Confess we then in song and praise

This true Confessor of our King

And thereby give the Trinity

The glory all are witnessing.  Amen!

Text: St. Meinrad, 1968. Tune: Plainsong Mode 8





I will scan the dark skies

and each morning look for your dawn.

Psalm 32/33b

How happy the nations who listen;
The peoples who respond to this love.
For God-Love holds all things together
While guarding the children of Earth.


Preparing all things from eternity,
Ready to share all we need;
Into our hands and our hearts
Bestowing what makes us free.


A nation is not saved by its army
A general not saved by his strength;
Weapons –mere outward expressions
Of greed in fearful hearts.
None of this leads to safety,
This kind of power cannot save.


But God’s love is always at hand
For those whose hearts are open,
To rescue their lives from destruction
To feed them in times of famine.


Our whole being is waiting for God
Whose love is both help and shield.
Our hearts rejoice in this wonder,
We trust in the NAME of the Holy One.


May your love be upon us, O God,
For we place all our hope in You. 


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love;

as always before, 

so now and evermore. Amen.

I will scan the dark skies

and each morning look for your dawn.


READING:  I Peter 5:1-4

To the elders among you I , a co-worker, a witness to Christ’s sufferings and sharer in the glory that is to be revealed, make this appeal:  God’s flock is in your midst; give it a shepherd’s care.  Watch over it willingly as God would have you do, not under constraint; and not for shameful profit either, but generously.  Be examples to the community, not lording it over those under your care, so that when our chief Shepherd appears you will share the unfading crown of glory.  Thanks be to God.



R. Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion.
* Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God.”

V. Lift up your voice and shout, lift it up fearlessly.

 * Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God.”


Gospel Canticle of Zachary                                                                        Luke 1:68-79


Gospel Antiphon:

Those who have left all things to follow me

will receive a hundredfold and possess eternal life.


 It  is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun has shown upon us

Illumines the darkness and dispels death’s shadow

To Guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE through the WORD

In the BREATH of Love!

As always before, so now and evermore.  Amen

Those who have left all things to follow me

will receive a hundredfold and possess eternal life.



Intercessory Prayer

Lord Jesus, our light in days of darkness, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, our hope in times of struggle, Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, our promise from God on high, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Our Dear Abba …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

Prepare us, O God of Love, for the coming of Jesus Christ.

May he find us waiting in expectant prayer for the full revelation of the children of God, and the flourishing of all creation.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen


May God bless us and keep us.  Amen

May God’s face shine on us. Amen

May God be gracious to us and give + us peace.  Amen


Let us bless Adonai.   ~Thanks be to God.