Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, 2018
On this day, we pause in our Advent preparations for the coming of the Lord as people who rejoice at having heard John’s good news preached to all the world.
- For the Church, that even as it faces up to failings of the clergy and in leading God’s people, it may be a source of joy, enabling all to exult with full hearts. We pray to the Lord.
- That world leaders and all people may share their extra cloaks, food, and abundance with those who have none, putting aside enmities in response to the call of John the Baptist. We pray to the Lord.
- That each of us may examine the request for faith made at our baptisms and humbly ask the Lord, “What is is that we should do?”, in response to the gift of that faith. We pray to the Lord.
- That during this season of Advent, we may be filled with expectation for the coming of the Christ to us at Christmas and each day of our lives. We pray to the Lord.
- For victims of violent attacks in France, Brazil, and Israel, and for those who live each day with violence in all corners of the world, that the Prince of Peace may be with them and console them in their sorrows and fears. We pray to the Lord.
- That Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of the Americas, who appeared at a time of discord, corruption, and infidelity, may lead us in our time to renewal and reform along the pathways toward her Son. We pray to the Lord.
- That on this Gaudete Sunday, even as we may face challenges in our lives, we may heed the words of Pope Francis who encourages us to smile through our difficulties because we see hope. We pray to the Lord.
- That Christopher may not feel lost and powerless in the face of a darkness that seems like it will never end, knowing that God with his love walks with him, has conquered evil, and opens for him the path of life. We pray to the Lord.
- That all who suffer from illness and physical ailments may be people whose strength and courage is the Lord so that they may cry out with joy and gladness. We pray to the Lord.
- That our loved ones who have died may be the wheat gathered into the barn of the Lord where they will reside with eternal. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence………. We pray to the Lord.
O God, during this Advent season of waiting and preparation, may we be people who wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord who answers all our needs. We offer these prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen