Here is the Collect for Monday of the 1st Week of Advent:
Fac nos, quaesumus, Domine Deus noster,
adventum Christi Filii tui sollicitos exspectare,
ut, dum venerit pulsans, orationibus vigilantes,
et in suis inveniat laudibus exsultantes.
Today’s prayer had its origin in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.
The adjective sollicitus can have a physical sense of "agitated" as in "busy", but an interior dimension as well, as in "anxious" or "apprehensive". In our context, we are given an image of someone who is interiorly "worked up", excited about the coming of the Lord and is therefore engaged in the appropriate works. You will also want to "attract" that suis to the subject of inveniat rather than exsultantes.
Cause us, we beg You, O Lord our God,
to await as anxious people the coming of Christ Your Son,
so that, when He will have come, knocking,
He will find people vigilant in prayers and rejoices in His praises.
We entreat You, O Lord our God,
to make us into a people anxiously awaiting the coming of Christ, Your Son,
that, when he arrives and knocks upon the door,
He will find us vigilant in prayer and rejoicing in His praises.
Tell me if you don’t think what the Holy Father said during his Angelus address yesterday echoes this Collect (my translation):
He comes in the history of humanity, to knock upon the door of every man and woman of good will, to bring to every individual, family and people the gift of fraternity, of concord and of peace. For this Advent is the preeminent time of hope, when believers in Christ are invited to remain in vigilant and industrious expectation, nourished by prayer and effective diligence of love. May the approach of the Birth of Christ fill the heart of all Christians with joy, serenity and peace.
Anyone have the lame-duck ICEL version presently being used?