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
1 thought on “Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, 2018”
sometimes it is hard to pray and to believe that God is there listening and hearing and that He will answer us in our sincere needs – as we ask……………
Maybe today— if each of us prays one sincere prayer for Fr Christopher to have this injustice resolved–our prayer will bring him to the freedom to be the priest he fully deserves to be and wants to be and is still being – but it is still denied him at this time–……
.maybe our heartfelt prayer will be heard and answered TODAY –
please God open that door that still denies Father his full priesthood–and open Your heart Lord that seems closed to this good thing we all ask for……
”Free Father Chris and allow him to serve God fully as a good priest and serve the people in doing what he deserves to do.”
Will someone please look into this matter and do the right thing for our priest and pastor, Fr Senk? HEAR US LORD AND ANSWER US – RESTORE OUR FAITH IN THE CHURCH WE LOVE…RESTORE OUR HOPE FOR THE RIGHT THINGS TO HAPPEN FOR FATHER’S FREEDOM–SEND DOWN YOUR HOLY SPIRIT UPON US AND THIS PRIEST WHO YOU LOVE—GIVE US A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BLESSING AND DO THIS FOR US AS WE PRAY!
We may wonder if God is hearing but sometimes He sends ‘ signs’ of the fact that He knows and is hearing us…..AND THAT HE WILL ANSWER………
our wish is for a Christmas ‘sign’ —let us know Father Christopher is again saying Mass and welcomed back by the church community he served and he still wants and deserves to serve.
The Church needs priests just like Fr. Christopher- the people need priests just like him.. do not deny us his kind of spirituality and leadership as a good shepherd that he has always shared and still wants to always share AS A PRIEST- FOREVER. Hear our advent prayers!
In faith I ask for these things!