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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Intercessions ~ Second Sunday in Advent

John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea
Matthew 3:1

Meeting John the Baptist in the Gospel today,/ we pray to be more brave as Christians:/ voices crying out in the wilderness of the world's argument and even violent disunity./ We pray to the Lord.

Approaching the winter solstice,/ the time of the greatest darkness,/ we pray to grow in our consciousness of the inner darkness which causes us confusion,/ fear,/ depression and loneliness./ We pray not to despair/ or submit to cynicism./ We pray to the Lord.

Thursday is the Feast of Mary's Conception./ We ask for our lives to be blessed/ as from our own conception/ we have also been created and called to be God's servants./ We pray to the Lord. 

Hundreds of people have been recently elected to public office in our country./ We pray for them to be deeply human persons who seek the good of all,/ and to be steadfast where they are tempted to corruption and power abuse./ We pray to the Lord.

At the start of December we pray for all who celebrate birthdays,/ anniversaries and other days of remembrance,/ asking for the blessings of good health,/ peace and safety./ We pray to the Lord.

As the winter-time approaches/ we pray for those who are homeless,/ friendless and needy./ Grant us generous and aware hearts in the holiday time./ We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and anyone living in chronic pain./ For those who give themselves to the care of the sick/ and for those who in their weakness are left untended./ And we pray too for those who have died./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I pray for generosity of heart for people to share not only material things, but time and friendship with those in need. At this time of year people feel a lonliness magnified by the happiness of others. Fill the void for someone and make Jesus smile

    1. At Christmas, God comes to us as one of us, calling us "friends". Mother Teresa said that the greatest poverty is the lack of friendship. Extending it is a great gift.

  2. Thanks for keeping things in perspective. I am grateful for what I can provide for my family and am grateful for the encouragement to help others. Sometimes we forget.

    1. We all need reminders when we forget. I do too. Blessed Advent!

  3. For our clergy who are often overburdened and under appreciated. That we may remember their sacrifices at this time of year when we gather with our families and pray for their continuance in their faithful vocation.

  4. The danger for the priest is that he would become effectively non-believing. You offer Mass so many times in a short period of time, listen so long in a confessional, after awhile he runs the risk of becoming a kind of tradesman, that the "felt place" goes away.