Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses (Dec 24-25, 2023) with the hope that you find them helpful in your own prayerful reflections this week. Merry Christmas – the start of the 12 days of Christmas!!
In the beginning you were. In this moment you are. You are strength and weakness. You are light and glory. You chose to come to us as a helpless baby. You are God and you welcome us. You listen for our prayers.
We pray today for peace in Bethlehem, peace in all the dark places of our world. We pray for leaders and negotiators, for peacemakers and peacekeepers, for fighters and prisoners, for all who are caught up in conflict, violence, and fear. We pray for peace with integrity and with justice. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for children everywhere, for the newly born, for those growing up among us, for those growing up where there is poverty and danger. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for all who will sit and eat with us this Christmas. We thank you for our families, our friends, for those who love us, for those who share our laughter and pain. We pray for those who, by choice or by circumstance, eat alone. And we pray for justice for those who are hungry. We pray to the Lord.
We pray that in the coming year, the Prince of Peace might lead our society and the world in ways of peace, “speaking well of each other, and respecting the different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground, and never losing sight of the bigger picture”. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for all who will gather to pray this Christmas, in cathedral or chapel, with choirs and candles or around a simple table, present out of desire, habit or to keep peace in the family, we pray that every one of us will be touched by your love. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for all who are sick and those who care for them and pray for them. We pray for those who have died, for those we miss at our table. Tell them how much we love them, we miss them, we carry their stories in our lives. We pray to the Lord.
4:00 PM at St. Pius X Anna Marie Hight by Aunt Maxine & Family
4:00 PM Kay Nee at St. Joseph by Kevin DiDonato & Family
6:30 PM at St. Pius X Tracy DuEst by a Friend
10:00 PM at St. Joseph Claudette Morneau by Jim & Elizabeth Merrill
9:30 AM at St. Pius X Katherine “Kay” Nee by Adam, Caitlin & the entire Conroy-Tully Walker Team
9:30 AM at St. Joseph Rev. John E. Carlson by the Family
We pray to the Lord.
Bright loving God, Emmanuel, God-with-us, hear these prayers. Help us to recognize you today and to welcome you into our lives in wonder, in truth and in holy joy. Amen.
Adapted from Christmas bidding prayers by Ruth Burgess