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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sunday Intercessions ~ First Sunday of Advent

As we begin the month of December this week/ we ask a blessing for all who will celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries,/ or other days of remembrance./ We pray to the Lord.

Hanukkah and Advent candles burn at the same time this year./ We ask for Jews and Christians to be agents of light in the world's darkness./ We pray to the Lord.

As we begin Advent/ we pray to be spiritually-minded/ and not so quick to begin the celebration of Christ's birth before it is time./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray to enter the holiday time freed of resentments./ And so we pray for those who have harmed,/ offended,/ burdened,/ cheated or exploited us./ Trusting that Jesus is patient with our efforts to forgive,/ we ask for hearts of mercy,/compassion and love./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all who are sick,/ wounded,/ forgotten,/ those in prison, or who live where there is war,/ disaster or fear./ We ask for the endurance and safety of people who are trying to create a peaceful world/and those who offer themselves to help where there is human need./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally,/ we pray for those who have died since last Advent/ asking for them to be freed of darkness/ and to live in the place of God's light./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. A new Church year. New beginnings. Let us prepare our hearts for the birth of the Christ Child. I will pray these Intercessions at Mass, especially to clear my mind of the resentments I hold.

  2. Your Intercessions always call us to remember that we live in a world with those less fortunate than ourselves. That we should pray in solidarity for our fellow human beings that bear more burdens than we could imagine. These intercessions have found their way into my prayer each week. Thank you.