On this Watch Nite of the New Year we join our hearts and prayers to all those throughout salvation history who have kept vigil looking forward to the Day of the Lord. Lord we ask you to prepare us to receive the many rich graces of the New Year with souls inflamed by faith. Let us welcome the New Year in a spirit of confession and praise, that we may recognize that YOU ARE GOD. We praise you for your own sake and glorify you simply because YOU ARE. And in this posture of confession and praise we greet you, our Incarnate Savior to receive the gift of YOUR blessing and absolution.