Intercessions – during Advent

Let us, who are called to be ready always for the return of our Lord and his judgement, pray for the Church and the world.

Lord, let us and all your people be alert to the opportunities and dangers of our time. Help us always to be ready for life, and for death. Teach us to use all that we have for your service and the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, in your mercy   Hear our prayer.

Bless your Church, here in our community, and around the world. Guide and help our leaders, and all who encourage others in Christian living. Make us welcoming to all who would find hope and grow in faith.

Lord, in your mercy   Hear our prayer.

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As our world prepares for Christmas, give wisdom to political leaders, and all with authority and influence. Help all to work for justice, peace, and the protection of the vulnerable. Remind us to care for the casualties and victims of our society.

Lord, in your mercy   Hear our prayer.

We pray for families, in the strain of Christmas preparation. We pray for those alone, frightened, or in pain. Among those who are ill we remember especially …………

Lord, in your mercy   Hear our prayer.

Remembering with thanks the Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary, mother of our Lord, we pray for those who are dying now, and those who love them. Among the recently departed, we remember . .  and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Lord, in your mercy   Hear our prayer.

Merciful father,
accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen