This second week of Advent/ we pray for hearts to be opened to God's Word,/ that by it, we would be trained to live our lives in goodness./ We pray to the Lord.
In preparation to receive Jesus,/ John the Baptist calls us first to repentance and contrition of heart./ We pray to possess these dispositions, / where Christ will meet us in his mercy./ We pray to the Lord.
In the dark time of the year/ we stand in a prayerful solidarity with those who live in the darkness of war,/ disaster,/ poverty,/ ignorance or fear./ We pray to the Lord.
This past week the Church kept the memory of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children./ We pray for the world's young people,/ asking for their safety and health,/ their well-being and growth in goodness./ We pray to the Lord.
In the holiday time/ we pray for our families/ and that our hearts would be warmed by Christ./ We pray for our relatives where people are at odds with each other,/ or where faith is lessening./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray again for those whose lives have been disrupted by recent storms or accidents,/ asking that they would find relief and cause for hope./ We pray to the Lord.
We prayerfully remember those whose lives are very difficult for their believing in Jesus Christ./ We ask for a world where Christians,/ Muslims and Jews would know and love each other./ We pray to the Lord.
Asking for gifts of healing and consolation,/ we remember in our communal prayer/ those who are sick,/ elderly or frail./ We ask for those who have died/ a place in God's heavenly kingdom./ We pray to the Lord.