O Key of David, O Royal Power of Israel,
controlling at your will the gate of heaven,
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and lead your captive people into freedom.
In hope, we pray Lord Jesus, that by your coming into our hearts anew this Christmastide, we may enter into your redemptive work of unlocking the hearts of those whose lives are imprisoned by addictions, mental illness, or violence. We pray that the feast of Christmas, the birthday of our God made man, may grace our world with eternal values and break the fetters of godlessness which inflict such suffering.
Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan, V.H.M.