For the whole Church, that we may prepare our hearts for Christ coming into our lives again and again, but especially during this holy season of Advent, we pray to the Lord.
For leaders of countries around the world, that they may strive to do what is right and just in their lands, we pray to the Lord.
For the gift of patience: that God will teach us how to wait and allow God’s plan to unfold in our lives and our relationships, we pray to the Lord.
For strength and peace in the face of suffering: that God will plant the divine Word of hope deep in our hearts and give us the strength to remain faithful even when tragedy and suffering enter our lives, we pray to the Lord.
For all gathered here: that Christ may increase our love for one another and help us to be overflowing with generosity toward all who are in need, we pray to the Lord.
For all who fear the approach of death: that God will free their hearts and help them to look expectantly to Christ who brings life and salvation, we pray to the Lord.
For all refugees and those fleeing violence: that God will lead them to safety and help them integrate into new communities where they may build new lives, we pray to the Lord.
For all who are ill: that they may know God’s healing presence and entrust themselves to God’s loving care, we pray to the Lord.
For all who have died, particularly by violence or through natural disasters: that God will welcome them into the peace and joy of the heavenly banquet, we pray to the Lord.
For those who have died in the past week, and for all of our beloved dead, we pray to the Lord.
For the intentions in our parish book of prayer and for the intentions of our hearts, we pray to the Lord.