The Nativity of the Lord, December 25, 2018
As the shepherds were called to find the infant Jesus, we also seek the Lord in our lives through the prayers and petitions that we offer.
- For the Church and its leaders, that the celebration of Christmas and of Jesus’ entry into a world filled with turmoil will inspire them to lead with humility and with genuine concern for the abused, the suffering, and for all people. We pray to the Lord.
- That the presence of God’s Son in the world may bring peace to Bethlehem, the people of that region, and to every place where there is war, violence, and unrest. We pray to the Lord.
- That Mary’s love for her infant son may inspire all mothers to welcome their newborns with selfless devotion. We pray to the Lord.
- That the care and protection Joseph showed to his wife and her child may inspire all fathers to be dedicated husbands and models for their children. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may join with the angels, who brought the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, by sharing this news with others by the way we live our faith. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may receive the news of Jesus’ birth without fear and may seek the Lord as did the shepherds. We pray to the Lord.
- That Fr. Christopher may be renewed by the birth of Jesus whose coming into the world offers hope and redemption. We pray to the Lord.
- That the mystery of Jesus’ entry into the world may console and comfort Christians enduring persecution and hatred for their faith. We pray to the Lord.
- That Jesus may be born into the hearts of those who are ill, and that they may receive the peace given to those on whom God’s favor rests. We pray to the Lord.
- That as we welcome the birth of Jesus, we may also rejoice and be thankful for our departed friends and family who in their time on earth shared the angels’ good news of great joy with us. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
Heavenly Father, on this night we rejoice that the coming of your Son, Jesus, into the world has freed us from sin and given us the promise of eternal life. In thanksgiving, we offer our prayers, through that same son, Christ our Lord. Amen.