Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Intercessions ~ First Sunday of Advent

Going down a dark road: can you name it?

As we set out into Advent,/ forgive the nation's polarization/ and what we say or do that excludes or labels others unfairly./ Heal the dark animosity that has been emboldened./ We pray to the Lord.

As we prepare for Christmas and the Birth of God's Child,/ bless us with all that "new birth" signifies:/ trust,/ hope/ and a renewed sense of belonging./ We pray to the Lord.

Give us generous hearts/ as we become aware of those for whom wintertime means suffering:/ those without shelter,/ or who work outdoors,/ or have insufficient food,/ heat,/ clothing or companionship./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless us with patience,/ safety and gratitude/ in this season of holiday traveling,/ and homes that are welcoming and sober./ We pray to the Lord.

As Christians will celebrate Christmas,/ the Jewish people will celebrate Hanukkah/ their own festival of light./ Dispel the darkness of destruction and violence that can emanate from a human heart./ Bless us with a time of peace./ We pray to the Lord. 

We ask gifts of healing for those who are sick or frail/ and the blessings of strength and patient good-will for care providers and family./ Grant that our hope would remain intact./ We pray to the Lord.

As we begin a new liturgical year,/ and trusting you leave no one in darkness,/we pray for those who have died since last Advent./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. The Castiglione FamilyNovember 24, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Father Stephen! I will be looking forward to your Advent posts which I share with my family. You always know how to get us ready for Christmas and keep the true meaning of the season in our hearts.

  2. Please pray for the families who lost a loved one... pray as we struggle with their loss, please pray for our family members who are sick and struggling with illness. Please pray for a better year.

  3. With a heart full of gratitude, I thank you for being a part of our lives, teaching us about faith and God's love.

  4. Thank you for your prayers here and always. I will look forward to a season of light and new hope. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Lots of folks hoping for a better year. There's a lot of work to do on our part. Our real nature as human beings is spiritual. It's very difficult to attend to this, or develop it, or live out of it in a culture that's so extroverted and external. But there's the challenge. So - a blessing for all in the Advent time.