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lighting the way

Saturday of the first week of Advent


Daily Prayer

Lord of Hope,
Dare I?  Can I really hope?
From out of the darkness
I sense a dim light ahead,
the light of your coming into the world.
I so long for the time
when you are no longer hidden from me
and my deepest desire is
to trust in your warm voice I hear behind me,
guiding me along a hidden path I do not know.
Dry my tears, heal my wounds and help me
to wait for the dawning of the dim light ahead,
with a brighter vision
of healing and freedom.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries



The kingdom of God is at hand!  We are amazed as the apostles cure the sick and drive out demons.  May we be blessed as we wait for the Lord!

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Misc Activity - Food, Drink, etc.

Mulled Wine (with or without alcoholic)

Several spices can be added to mulled wine. Here are some suggestions, pick the ones you like best:

1 Bottle of red wine, non-alcoholic wine, or fruit juice (pomegranate, apple, etc.)

2 Oranges and a lemon (sliced)

2 Cinnamon sticks

2 – 3 Anise stars

4 – 6 Cloves

4 Cardamom pods (optional)

Nutmeg (1 tsp grated)

Vanilla (few drops of extract)

Honey, brown sugar or maple syrup


This recipe can be prepared on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.

Add all the ingredients into a pot, simmer for a few minutes. Reduce heat. Avoid boiling this mixture.

Recipe Tips

Fruit also adds a great sweet flavor and aroma to the wine. You could add clementines, cranberries, oranges, and apples. Even orange juice.

An inexpensive dry red wine works well for this recipe.