Friday, December 18, 2015

Petitions/Prayer of the Faithful for December 20, 2015

Ellen McHugh composed these petitions for Sunday, December 20, 2015--for St. Mary's Church in Painesville, Ohio.

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.
That we may be inspired by our Holy Father, whose message for Christmas is one of hope:a pilgrimage of all of the People of God; and by its light, a journey where all God’s people walk towards the Kingdom of justice, towards the Kingdom of peace.” We pray to the Lord.
That we may be inspired by today’s Gospel, hearing the joy in Elizabeth’s words to Mary; help us always to trust in the Lord with their humility and faith. We pray to the Lord.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, may our Lord grant us all the gift of reconciliation; may we all receive it and celebrate it well in the holy days ahead. We pray to the Lord.
May the coming of Our Lord bring healing and hope, strength and courage; May all who suffer from loneliness in this holy season be filled with the consolation of God’s abundant grace and blessings. We pray to the Lord.
For all those we have loved and cherished; for those who have died recently and for those who have no one to remember them. Give them peace in the radiant light of Your presence. 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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