Friday, December 4, 2015

Petitions/Prayer of the Faithful for December 6, 2015

Ellen McHugh has written the following petitions for this coming Sunday for St. Mary's Parish, Painesville, Ohio:

Prayer of the Faithful for December 6, 2015
Second Sunday of Advent

Celebrant:  As we celebrate our coming together for the Eucharist, let us, dear sisters and brothers, approach the one God to voice all our needs.

·      For all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world; that their work may reflect your will in promoting justice and peace.  We pray to the Lord. 

·      We send a fervent prayer for an end to all forms of violence in our country; we pray for peace, comfort and healing to those directly affected by violence.  We pray to the Lord.

·      We pray that in our daily lives we may experience Advent as peacemakers, quick to hear and listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Let our words always speak your truth with compassion.  We pray to the Lord. 
·      For the retired priests of our diocese; we pray for them as St. Paul prayed, “with joy in [our] every prayer for them, because of [their] partnership for the gospel from the first day” of their ordination.  We pray to the Lord.

·      For the most vulnerable among us, for those who feel isolated, for the sick and the dying, for the hungry and the homeless.  May the message of Advent, that God is with us, inspire us to witness His love in those we serve. We pray to the Lord.

·      That we all may be inspired by today’s gospel and our Holy Father’s call “to embrace by grace the way of humility demonstrated by John the Baptizer and find the happiness of heaven - beginning right here on earth.”  We pray to the Lord.

·      And for those for whom this Mass is offered [name them].  We pray to the Lord.

·      Let us pause now and silently offer to the Father our own particular intentions [allow for     silence. . .].  We pray to the Lord.

Celebrant:  Father, we believe that you will hear and respond to our sincere prayers, asked in the name of your Son, and in the power of your Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen. 

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