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Loving Father,
help us to appreciate better
the great gift of our own baptism.
May our renewed awareness of the presence
of the Holy Spirit in our lives encourage us
to act more compassionately and lovingly.
This we ask in your name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The Word on Campus © RENEW International.

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O Father,
may we come to life
in the dangerous waters of baptism.
May we find breath
in the brooding Spirit enveloping us.
May we hear your heavenly voice
call us by name
and bestow on us you favor and dignity.
May we become a new creation
filled with vulnerable power.
May we go forth renewed
as your sons and daughters.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, available at the RENEW International store
 
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You Magi, pray that we might see God
revealed in the cosmos as you did.
You Searchers, pray that we might act on what we see
and move into the unknown full of wonder as you did.
You Questioners, pray that we might pore over
our tradition
seeking to interpret anew what has been
handed down to us,
so that the surprising novelty of God might be revealed.
You Faithful Ones, pray that we might
pursue the star in our lives
as you did until it leads us to
the Christ who is God-with-us.
You Listeners to Angels, pray that we might
resist evil as you did
and not cooperate in the violence and cruelty
that attempt to destroy the life and love of God
present among us.
You Magi, pray for us who seek Christ
in wonder, majesty, and awe as you did.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, available at the RENEW International store
 
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Joseph, you led your young family
from your house to a strange land
as you fled death and violence.
Pray for us when we must step into the unknown
in order to preserve or defend our families.
Mary, you comforted Jesus and strengthened Joseph
as you held your family together
in the midst of confusion and fear.
Pray for us when we face difficulties
that rise up suddenly to threaten our families.
Jesus, you joined us in this life
and ran all the risks we do
and experienced yourself as vulnerable and weak.
Fill us with your power
so we will live our lives in solidarity
with you and our families. Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime: Faith-Sharing Reflections on the Sunday Gospels, available at the RENEW International store
 
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All-powerful God,
Your eternal Word took flesh
when the Virgin Mary placed her life at your service.
Lift our minds and hearts in watchful hope
to hear the voice which announces
the coming of Jesus in glory.
May we be open to the Holy Spirit as Mary was,
that we too may make Christ present to our hurting world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Waiting With Joy: Weekly Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Advent, Year A, by Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP; © RENEW International.

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Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church:
The earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming
and looks forward with longing
to his return at the end of time.
Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling the joy and the hope
that Christ’s presence will bring.
For he is Lord forever and ever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Waiting With Joy: Weekly Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Advent, Year A, by Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP; © RENEW International.

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God of power and mercy,
open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy
so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him in glory
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Waiting With Joy: Weekly Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Advent, Year A, by Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP; © RENEW International.

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Loving God,
You desire that we grow ever more deeply
in our relationship with you.
As we begin our Advent journey waiting eagerly
for the coming of your Son, Jesus,
Bless our prayer, our contemplation, our sharing,
and our service to others.
Amen.

 
Adapted from Waiting With Joy: Weekly Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Advent, Year A, by Sr. Donna Ciangio, OP; © RENEW International.

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Lord Jesus,
let your presence in my life
and the power of your Spirit
transform me and enable me
to choose living your kingdom
in my day and age,
and help me to remember
that I live in that presence
and with that Spirit.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Let us pray,
For peace in the world,
For those who are in prison for the sake of justice,
For those who suffer because of natural disasters,
For those who are sick because of pollution,
For those who are upset because of their fear for the future,
For children who are abused,
For those who forget us,
For those who love and hate us,
Lord, have mercy.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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Loving Father,
in death, our lives are changed not ended.
Let us remember in word and deed
that you are calling us by name
that our lives on earth
relate to our lives in heaven.
We make our prayer
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime, Cycle C, © RENEW International.

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Lord Jesus,
you called Zacchaeus by his name
and you helped him to grow.
Enter our lives in that way today,
calling us by our names,
so that we may grow
and be the persons you call us to be.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime, Cycle C, © RENEW International.

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Dear Jesus,
you are like a mirror
in which we can see ourselves
with our limits and our possibilities.
Teach us to see ourselves
as loved by you completely
just as we are.
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime, Cycle C, © RENEW International.

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Almighty God,
we remember before you
all those among us who are treated unjustly.
Bless and guide us,
that your love may be shown
in our concern for them.
In the name of Jesus we pray!
Amen.

 
Adapted from PrayerTime, Cycle C, © RENEW International.

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Almighty God,
I am grateful to you for my existence.
I am sorry for the complaints
you often hear from me.
In fact, “my cup runneth over.”
Help me to live your gift of life
to the fullest
each day of my life.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The People’s Prayer Book, © RENEW International.

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