Prayer of the Church II Advent Yr A
December 2, 2010 Leave a comment
Prayer of the Church, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A
P: God of Peace: We praise and thank you for the beautiful vision of Shalom that you gave your prophet Isaiah in ancient times and continues to inspire us today. A vision that foresees the stump and branch of Jesse ushering in perfect justice and righteousness; removing the sinful, aggressive nature in all of creation; abolishing war and violence; a time when they will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: In a world of greed, injustice and war; defend the cause of the poor; deliver the needy; crush all oppression and may your glory fill the whole earth. Bestow your grace upon our Queen, Elizabeth, our Prime Minister and Members of Parliament, our Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly, our Mayor and City Council; and the governments of every nation; that they may be instruments of your justice and peace in the world. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: You deeply desire harmony and good will between your chosen people, the Jews and the Gentiles. Help us together, with one voice to glorify and praise your name as we worship you within these walls and through lives devoted to serving you. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: As John the Baptizer was the voice of one crying out in the wilderness to prepare his people for the way of the Lord; so, too, do we feel like lonely voices crying out in the wilderness filled with sin and evil all around us. Grant us the courage to be faithful in the face of adversity and unbelief. With your Holy Spirit’s power working in us, may we live out our baptismal covenant. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
P: God of Peace: During this season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas, may we care for the most needy and vulnerable in our midst, especially: the poor, widows and orphans, the unemployed, the homeless, those suffering from addictions, the prisoners, those struggling with loneliness and depression. Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.
(Here other petitions and thanksgivings may be included, ending with: Jesus, Prince of Peace: C: Come, and grant us your perfect peace.)
P: God of Peace: All of these things and whatever else is needful and wholesome for us; we pray, in the name of Jesus who comes to reign as Prince of Peace. ALL: Amen.