I am liking this Magnificat Advent Companion App a LOT.
It gives you prayers for the morning, the mass readings of Advent, Prayers for evening at night (so, mini-versions of Lauds, Vespers and Compline) and a daily meditation, PLUS (!) an Advent penance service, the Christmas Proclamation, prayers, blessings and the Advent Stations of the Cross
If you are looking for a way to incorporate more prayer into your life in the coming year, this is the perfect tool to get you started. It only costs a buck, and it’s not just for Catholics, you know!
As usual with a Magnificat product, it’s first-class all the way in both design and content. Just now I read this from the Jesuit Father Joseph T. Lienhard:
Advent is the only season of the Church’s year when the Gospel is subordinated to the Old Testament; we hear a sequential reading of the prophet Isawi, and the Gospel passage corresponds to it. Saint Jerome, though, wrote that Isaiah “seems to compose not a prophecy but a Gospel.” Isaiah is the poet of nature. In his vision, nature flourishes and blossoms in a mystical way: water will be abundant, even in the desert; everything will be green and fruitful; even the hills and valleys will be leveled for God’s triumph. More than that — human suffering will be abolished, and justice will triumph: the deaf shall hear, the blind see; the lowly and the poor shall rejoice in the holy Lord of Israel; but the tyrant and the arrogant shall be gone. Isaiah’s vision of the future is fulfilled in Jesus, by Jesus. Two blind men receive their sight — two, because the testimony of one man is not enough. To receive healthy eyesight is a beautiful thing, but to receive the eyes of faith is more beautiful. The once-blind men now see the tress and the flowers, the hills and the valleys. But even more, they see who Jesus is — the Son of David, the promised Messiah. “And their eyes were opened,” Saint Matthew writes. When the Sun of Justice rises, we too shall see.
Good stuff, every day! I’m highly recommending this!
UPDATED: Just wanted to also add a recommendation for Prepare the Way: Daily Meditations for Advent, which looks to be really excellent, and has been recommended my way.
If you’re still looking for some Advent reading material, I have recommendations from last yearand I still highly recommend those, as well!
Also, since someone asked, yesterday.