Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Almighty God,
as we prepare with joy
to celebrate the gift of the Christ-child,
embrace the earth with your glory
and be for us a living hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Third Sunday of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Second Sunday of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

The First Sunday of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The Sunday next before Advent

The Sunday next before Advent

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.

The Second Sunday before Advent

The Second Sunday before Advent

Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer for Remembrance

A Prayer for Remembrance

O God our heavenly Father, look mercifully upon the unrest in our world and draw all people to yourself and one another in the sure bond of peace.

We give you ready thanks for the memory of all those men and women who laid down their lives in the service of their country.

As we hallow their memory we bless you for their courage and devotion, even unto death.

In your mercy send your peace into the hearts of all people through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer by Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

The Third Sunday before Advent

The Third Sunday before Advent

God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Fourth Sunday before Advent

The Fourth Sunday before Advent

God of glory,
touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,
that we with all creation
may rejoice to sing your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.