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Prayers of the people: First Sunday in Advent Year A – 1 December

21 November 2019

Introductory reflection

A new year may have been announced, vestments changed colour, an Advent candle lit, but for the most part the word of God maintains the focus of recent Sundays.

The dominant theme continues to be the final return of the Lord to shine the light of judgment. This is the perspective for our remembrance of the Baptist’s mission and the Messiah’s birth.

The eyes of faith are set on the ultimate horizon as we watch for the dawn of the Day of the Lord. But we live in the here-and-now.

Remembrance of the past and hope for the future conspire to free us for life in the present where we “walk in the light of the Lord.”

The week’s prayer focus

For all whose lives inspire hope, we give thanks; may they call us out of darkness into light.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.

Presider

Dear friends, on this first day of the church’s new year, we must be awake and alert. On the watch for the coming of the Son of Man, let us pray with hearts full of hope.

Reader

  1. For Pope Francis, bishops and all church leaders, that they will be filled with a spirit of Advent joy and expectation. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the whole human family, that the world’s weapons of war will be disarmed and replaced with implements of peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For all who live with the HIV/AIDS virus, that medical advances and community acceptance will enable them to lead productive lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For communities situated in bushfire-prone areas, that they will work together to face the dangers of the summer season. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For people living with a disability, that they will experience full acceptance and the freedom to make their own life decisions. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For parish communities without a priest, that under lay leadership they will grow strong in faith, hope and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For religious institutes with few and ageing members, that they will continue to bear joyful witness to the gospel of Jesus. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For ourselves, that at this busy time of year we will take steps to pray and reflect in the spirit of the Advent season. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they will live forever in the light of the Lord. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

God of love, you are our beginning and our end. Guide us on our way with the wisdom and peace of your Holy Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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