FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A

Advent is a time of New Beginning for God’s People:  may the whole Church answer God’s call to renewal and reform in this Joyful Season of Repentance,  continue to reveal the merciful face of God and prepare the world for the Lord’s Coming
                                                     LORD WE CRY…
                          [response]    COME LORD JESUS…

Advent is a time of waiting and working:  as we  begin this ‘Year of Communion’ may we live in deeper communion with the poor,  the homeless, the asylum seeker, the refugee and, with renewed courage, wait and work for the dawn of justice for them;  wait and work with hope for peace throughout the Middle East and in conflict torn parts of Africa; wait and work with expectancy for fair trading relationships with the Developing Nations

                                                     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 and noise;   that we will recognise the Lord 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:  may the Spirit of Jesus guide all in our parish who are our journeying towards Baptism and Confirmation; may we all reach out with a generosity of heart to those who seek meaning and hope, faith and vision for their lives
                                                     LORD WE CRY…

Advent is a time of renewed Vision of a New Heaven and a New Earth: may the Spirit guide us to use our votes in the coming General Election to shape the future of our nation as a place where the stranger is welcomed and the poor raised up
                                                     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, teachers and  catechists; for our young people as they grow in giftedness and hope

                                                     LORD WE CRY…

On this World Aids Day we pray for all who suffer from this disease, all who have been orphaned by this disease and all who research treatment and cure of this disease; we pray also for …. and all the housebound;
We pray too for those who have died recently, especially … and those killed in the terror attack on London Bridge and all victims of the war and poverty;
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…

Let us wait in the Advent silence of loving prayer…

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