First Sunday of Advent

Advent is a time of New Beginning for God’s People:  as we begin our diocesan Year of Prayer may the whole Church answer God’s call to profound prayer,  so that revealing the face of our Father by our love and compassion, we will prepare the world for the Final Coming of Christ

                                                               LORD WE CRY…
[response]     COME LORD JESUS…

Advent is a time of waiting and working:  that we may struggle with renewed courage for the Advent of justice and freedom for the poor, the homeless and the unemployed;  and as we wait and work with hope for an end to war and famine and the outbreak of peace, especially throughout the Middle East, we cry out for our 66 million refugee sisters and brothers around the world

                                                                LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of watching for the Coming of Christ:  that we may make space for prayer and stillness in the midst of this season’s busy-ness,  that we will recognise him as he comes in the silence of prayer and welcome him as he comes in each other

                                                                LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of Mission:  that we might reach out into our city and our world,  and help rebuild human values and heal individuals and families on our streets and bring the reign of justice throughout our earth, especially for all migrants and those seeking asylum;

                                                                LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of wonder before the Coming of our God:  for our children with their gifts of wonder and awe,  for those who care for them and teach them – their parents and teachers,  catechists and carers – we pray especially for our school of St Nicholas at this time

                                                                 LORD WE CRY…

We pray for all who suffer from HIV/Aids, for children orphaned by this disease, for nations decimated by its onslaught, and for an effective treatment and cure to be discovered and offered

LORD WE CRY … 

Advent is a time of becoming:  for the healing and wholeness of all who are sick and remembering all sufferers of HIV/Aids; we pray too for…
We pray for all who have died recently, especially … and all killed in conflict and war
and those whose anniversaries are at this time:

                                                                 LORD WE CRY…

Mary of Advent,  teach us to wait and watch,  to hope and love…

                                                                  HAIL MARY…

We wait in love’s silence, holding all the world in our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit

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