Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – The Epiphany of the Lord
We share these Prayers of the Faithful for the weekend celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord (Jan 6-7, 2024) with the hope that they give you food for thought, reflection, and prayer throughout this week.
When those first visitors came to Jesus, they brought gifts to lay at your feet. Our gifts are not those of kings, but we offer them now. May our hearts rise in expectation and may we, together, be instruments of change and bringers of light in places of need. We pray:
The magi followed a star in wonder. Grant us the eyes and time to stop and ponder the mystery in our own lives. Help us to know and name our own awakening moments of wonder that have led us to greater understanding, deeper faith. We pray to the Lord.
The star was seen shining in the darkness. Help us to know what is darkness for us and find your light. We pray to the Lord.
The magi asked questions when they were lost. Lead us to pay attention to the questions we live with; help us to seek out wisdom figures to help us. We pray to the Lord
Herod met the magi and tried to use them for his own ends. Help us to recognize the twisted value systems of our world and not get caught up in them or be misled by them. Help us to see where we are most often pulled off course. We pray to the Lord.
When the kings arrived, they bowed down in adoration. Help us to welcome silence in our lives so that there can be moments of knowing, and of recognition. We pray to the Lord.
Today, early in this New Year we bring the hopes and fears of all the years and we pray for a year ahead that brings peace to the world, an end to the cruel suffering of people living in war zones, hope and consolation to our friends and relatives who are seriously ill, home and safety for those now living in our streets…..we pray for these and many other people and needs. We pray to the Lord.
Your light is not a light for this world only. We pray that our deceased loved ones now dwell in that light. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 PM Marilyn DiBiase by Jim & Fran DiBiase
7:30 AM Judy Leary by Vinal & Jackie Thompson
9:30 AM Karen Dyer by Maria LaBonte
5:00 PM For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord
Lord God, it is not we who bring you gifts today. You have gifted us with your love and our lives. Help us to accept that love and use our gifts to bring your peace and light to our world. Amen.