18 December

In these final days of Advent preparation, the Church prays with great intensity.  Here is today’s

Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,
ut, qui sub peccati iugo ex vetusta servitute deprimimur,
expectata Unigeniti tui nova nativitate liberemur.

This was in the 1962MR on Ember Saturday of Advent.  It was before that in the Veronese, Gelasian and Gregorian Sacramentaries.  These advent prayers often refer to the "state of oldness", which pertains to the "old man" afflicted by the sin of our First Parents. 

Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God,
that we who are oppressed under the yoke of sin from the servitude of the old man,
may be freed bu the long awaited new Nativity of Your Only-Begotten.

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, weighed down by ancient slavery
beneath the yoke of sin,
we may be set free by the long-awaited new birth
of your Only-begotten Son.

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