Second Sunday of Advent, December 09, 2018
As we draw nearer to the celebration of Jesus’ coming to us as an infant and look to his coming in the last days, we offer our prayers and petitions so that we might be better able to welcome him.
- For the Church, that during Advent it may be renewed in its commitment to respond to John’s challenge to prepare the way of the Lord and make straight his paths. We pray to the Lord.
- That the winding roads and rough ways encountered by the people of every nation may be straightened and made smooth through God’s grace, respect for all creation, and inspired world leaders. We pray to the Lord.
- That John’s proclamation of a baptism of repentance in his time may not be a voice crying out in the desert in our own time that goes unheard and unheeded. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who live in poverty may find hope and opportunity for a better future during an Advent season of generosity. We pray to the Lord.
- In thanksgiving for those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor, and for all the men and women who have sacrificed themselves for the freedom and well-being of our country. We pray to the Lord.
- That expectant mothers may rejoice with Mary and Elizabeth as they await the birth of their children, and that each may be blessed with a safe delivery. We pray to the Lord.
- That St. Isabel’s and the parishes of our diocese may celebrate the Advent season with confidence that waiting in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord into our midst will be fulfilled. We pray to the Lord.
- That Fr. Christopher may know that his season of suffering and waiting draws him closer to Jesus who greatly suffered from injustice but never lost sight of his purpose or of the power of truth. We pray to the Lord.
- That the sick who anticipate relief from their illnesses as they prepare for Christmas may experience Advent as a season of expectation of Christ coming more fully into their lives. We pray to the Lord.
- That our loved ones who have died may rejoice forever in the kingdom of heaven where there is no more sadness, no more weeping, no more waiting to be united with the Lord. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we know that you have begun good work in us and urge us to complete that work. May the prayers we offer help us to discern what is of value that we may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ and may act at all times for the glory and praise of God. We offer these prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.