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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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Loving God and Father,
my life and support,
let me grow in faith,
and let me realize that my faith in you
is nothing in comparison
to your faith in me.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, my Brother,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

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

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Holy triune God, you dwell within each of us.
Help us to know that the light of your Presence
is truly realized in each of us.
Help us to become your light for the world,
and to see beyond the false divisions
that separate us from one another
so that we may truly live as reflections of your love,
as we await the fulfillment of your reign here on earth,
O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

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Compassionate and merciful God,
you adorn the earth with lush treasures
and clothe it in royal attire.
You provide human beings with every good gift
and you feed us with spiritual food.
Your compassion is endless;
your mercy flows freely like a river.
Gift us, your faithful servants,
with your wisdom and creativity,
so we may be good stewards
of the wealth you have entrusted to our care.
Strengthen us as we go forth
to share your truth with the rest of the world.
Grant this through your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

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

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God of the lost,
through the incarnation of your Son,
you free human beings from the ravages of sin,
and you pour out your abundant mercy
on the lost and the broken.
Sinners find refuge in the shadow of your wings
and you provide your people with an abundant harvest.
Send workers into the world to seek out the lost
and offer life to sinners.
Direct my efforts and purify my heart,
as I go out seeking the lost sheep of this world.
May your Spirit empower me to become
a more effective ambassador
of your compassion.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.
Amen.

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

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God of the living,
all the earth bows down before you.
All creation groans in praise of you.
You alone are the Lord of lords.
You alone are the God of all creation.
You invite all human beings
into deep and personal relationship.
You insist that we shall have no other gods before you.
Help me as I seek to place you first in my life.
Send your Spirit to strengthen me
as I strive to embrace the cross,
and fill me with the wisdom I need
to resist the attachments of this world.
Alone I can do nothing;
with God all things are possible.
I ask this prayer through the power of Jesus’ name.
Amen.

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

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