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GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 

2nd Sunday of Advent – Year B

 

10th December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Priest:         During this time of Advent, in the company of John the Baptist we bring our

 

                   prayers for ourselves and the Church that we might prepare ourselves for the

 

                   coming Christ.

 

 

 

Reader:     

 

We pray for ourselves: that, as we prepare our hearts this Advent, we will not be taken in by the material world but will trust in the good things God’s values can achieve through us.  May John the Baptist’s call remind us to abandon sinful ways and embrace the Good News.

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

This week we have seen violence erupt once again in the Middle East.  We pray for an end to wars: may leaders work wholeheartedly for Peace.  We pray also for all who suffer from disease and famine: that they will, through our efforts, receive much-needed aid.

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

We pray for families at this time: may they experience the peace and harmony that God alone can bring.  We think especially of families we know who are living through a difficult time.

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

For Pope Francis: that he may lead the Church throughout the world with a hopeful message which will help all people to find life in Jesus Christ, the Stronger One.

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

We pray for Kathleen Kilpatrick (of St. Matthew’s), PETER CRAIGEN and HANNAH MURPHY (of Mount Carmel) and all we know who have died: may they receive the reward of their labours in the eternal joy of Heaven.

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

We spend a few moments with our private prayers before the mercy of God … (Pause) …

 

LORD, HEAR US …

 

 

 

Priest:         Father of love, hear the prayers we make to you with confidence, as we prepare

 

                   with eager anticipation to celebrate the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ,

 

who lives for ever and ever.

 

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