Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 1st Sunday of Advent
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend Masses for the 1st Sunday of Advent (Dec 2-3, 2023) with the intention that they be helpful to you in your own reflections this week.
God, your invitation to the Season of Advent is difficult. You call us to reflect on our deepest needs, hopes, and yearnings. You want our awareness of the strangers, and hurting people to grow deeper these days. And yet, many of us find this time to be over-scheduled and busy. We pray:
We pray for the gift of spiritual health these days. We seek the ability to step back from a whirlwind of actions to get to know our hearts better. If we are among those who are not busy these days, but face times of unwanted quiet and loneliness, fill our hearts with the experience of your love. We pray to the Lord.
It was the foreign wise men and the shepherds who lived on the edge of society who came to see the baby Jesus. Help us to see the refugees and strangers today. Those who have had to leave their homes or their homelands, those who feel lost today, spiritual refugees who feel distant from God or who have lost their way. We pray to the Lord.
Advent is a season of waiting. Some of us wait with impatience as we prepare for holiday festivities. Help us to wait in faith. Some of us wait with our fears, and anxieties and regrets. Help us to wait in peace. We pray to the Lord.
For those who wait in lines or camps at immigration centers and borders, or employment agencies. We pray to the Lord.
For those who wait in fear for the war in their homeland or terrorism in their neighborhood to end, we pray to the Lord.
Lord, help us to know what we most need from you – and to ask for that gift in faith of its being granted. We pray to the Lord.
God, we ask for a gift we believe in but have not yet seen ourselves, the of life after death for our loved ones. At this liturgy we especially remember
4:30 PM William & Michael Jennings by Family
7:30 AM Shawn Ingalls by Mom & Family
9:30 AM The People of the Parish Both Living & Deceased
5:00 PM Marion Thayer Rand by Timothy & Ann Marie Bolduc & Family
We pray to the Lord.
We make these prayers and those we hold silently. You have given us the gift of this special time. Advent. Once a year, the chance to wait with a purpose. Help us to open that gift in the weeks ahead. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.