Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday of Advent

Dec 24, 2023 | Prayers of the Faithful

We share these prayers of the Faithful for the 4th Sunday in Advent, which is Dec 23-24 this year. May we take a moment to be still and yet prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Earth-dwelling God, willing to be made small and vulnerable, choosing to live with the ordinary people on earth, we come before you today, in these last hours before Christmas, and we pray:

We pray for families of all shapes and sizes all over the world. Families by blood, families by choice. We pray for families where there may be some struggle or some absence this year. For families gathering in joy. We pray to the Lord.

Jesus was worshipped by shepherds and kings, we pray for all kinds of people all over the world. Jesus shared the stable with animals. We pray that we might treat with kindness and resect the animals and plants which share our world. We pray to the Lord.

Jesus is Emmanuel “God-with-us.” We pray for those people who especially need to know that you, God, are with them this Christmastime. We pray to the Lord.

For those traveling these days, for safety and patience. For those who will be on duty over Christmas: our health-care people, emergency service people those in the hospitality industry, we pray to the Lord.

Help us to be ready for the many babies to be born this Christmas. They all need a welcome, and warmth, a little light for their journey and a fair share of food. Help us to be ready. We pray to the Lord.

God, we often look to children for Christmas joy. Actually it was to older people that Jesus came, that they might know their place and learn his name and upset notions of whom God may choose to change the world or celebrate good news – with Sarah and Hannah who conceived while old, Zechariah who saw God interrupt his routine…old age might yet become the finest hour for those who risk false claims that they’re deranged by saying God wants all things changed. We pray to the Lord.

At this special time, we remember those who were once with us and are now with you. At this liturgy we particularly remember:

4:30 PM  Whalen Guimond by Kathleen O’Connell

7:30 AM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Barbara Ashley by Priscilla & Edward Caulfield

We pray to the Lord.

God, receive these prayers and all those we carry in our hearts. Gather us into your community today, help us to welcome you, and to welcome each other in kindness and caring love. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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