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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Intercessions ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent


Coptic Visitation

In the Advent-Gospel today we meet Mary hastening to see her elder relative, Elizabeth./ We ask for the Church to be blessed with Mary's gifts of humility and simplicity./ We pray to the Lord.

Drawing near to Christmas/ we pray for those who live without joy:/ those who are conflict-weary,/ without family,/ home or hope./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis this Christmas:/ for those even within the Vatican who resist or oppose him,/ asking for his Mercy-Message to enhance the life of the Church around the world./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who live in the Holy Land/ or who will travel there in the Christmas time./ We ask for the Greek,/ Armenian and Latin clergy/ who minister at Bethlehem/ to love each other well./ We pray to the Lord.

For those who in the Christmas time/ plan terrorist and hateful acts./ For those who are victimized by gun violence/ and for those who bravely act to keep us safe in a dangerous world./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless our families and friends/ those with whom we will pray,/ exchange gifts/ or with whom we will share meals and celebrations./ We pray for hearts to be seized by the simple beauty of Jesus' birth./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for every child to be welcomed,/ protected and loved this time of year./ For those who suffer/ to be consoled and helped,/ and for the healing of human bitterness./ We pray to the Lord.

And for those who have died since last Christmas time/ to enjoy fully the gifts God wishes to bestow./ For mourners to find some new cause for endurance and happiness./ We pray to the Lord.

11 comments:

  1. Catherine CastigliaDecember 17, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Thank you Father for getting us though Advent with your prayers and thoughtful reflections. You have helped us to get ready for the Christ Child. That we might welcome him with love in our hearts.

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    1. Creating and sharing these posts is a big joy for me. I was ordained in 1979 - this kind of creative possibility for a priest couldn't have even been imagined. Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. I am always greatly saddened when I see people without family at this time of year. I pray that each person finds some comfort and friendship. Loneliness and feelings of abandonment are magnified at this time when you are on the outside looking in.

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  3. There is someone nearby each of us who could do with an invitation at Christmas. Let us look for them and bring them in. I knew a Baptist minister who extended a standing invitation to the members of his parish: "Join my family for Sunday dinner." Of course it was aimed at those who had no one. People came. And when I was a young priest some of the most dedicated parishioner-friends held a dinner - including rides there and back - for folks with no place on Thanksgiving Day. We turned the large rectory living room into a dining room."Off the charts" wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  4. Visiting is a large part of the season. To just spend time with family and friends is a blessing we should not overlook.

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  5. Dear Father Stephen,
    As Christmas is rapidly approaching and things are getting busy, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say how much your blog has helped me through the year. I began following the posts at the recommendation of a friend who knew that I was looking for some spiritual guidance. It's a challenge, a blessing and a deep grounding all at once. For the first time in my life, I feel as though my prayers mean something, a deeper connection to God.
    Dawn

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  6. Just before the newly ordained priest is sent back to his seat at the end of the rite, the bishop says to him: "May the Lord bring to completion the good thing begun in you." But I think at some time or other that can be said to just about every one of us. So there you go, and I send a blessing at Christmas for you and your family.

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  7. Just before the newly ordained priest is sent back to his seat at the end of the rite, the bishop says to him: "May the Lord bring to completion the good thing begun in you." But I think at some time or other that can be said to just about every one of us. So there you go, and I send a blessing at Christmas for you and your family.

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  8. I have read these a couple times and shared them with my husband. We are going to use it with grace tomorrow night as the offspring start arriving for Christmas. TY.

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  9. That's evangelization: establishing, promoting and extending the Kingdom of God. Which is God's rule over hearts. God bless you family in its gathering.

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  10. I am excited Pope Francis's year of mercy has started and soon the birth of Jesus. I have good feelings about his choice to make this a year of mercy. God bless us all. Thanks Fr. for all of this.

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