God our Father, the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid, she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.
Lord Jesus, Light of the world,
blessed is Gabriel who brought good news;
blessed is Mary your mother.
Bless your Church preparing for Christmas;
and bless us your children who long for your coming. Amen