Prayers and Reflections
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November 28th - First Sunday of Advent
The first candle is a symbol of the kindly light and of hope that gives us ‘the resolve to run forth to meet Christ’ whose presence dispels darkness.
November 29th, Monday
When we remove all obstacles to Christ’s presence he will come, at any hour or moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts.
November 30th, Tuesday
Feast of St Andrew: “Follow me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.”
December 1st, Wednesday
I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my Saviour.
December 2nd, Thursday
Do not lose heart.
December 3rd, Friday
We ask Mary to watch over all those who are sick this Christmas and to support those who care for them at home and in hospitals. Amen.
December 4th, Saturday
The Lord is my light and my help.
December 5th - Second Sunday of Advent
May I respond with loving compassion to all who come to me.
December 6th, Monday
“Every day, as long as this ‘today’ lasts, keep encouraging one another.” Hebrews 3:13
December 7th, Tuesday
Through the prayers of Mary, our mother, heal the sick, comfort the sorrowful, pardon sinners, grant peace and salvation to all.
December 8th, Wednesday
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Our Lady, overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance.
December 9th, Thursday
“Show patience in times of trouble; never cease praying.”
December 10th, Friday
We pray for those who are struggling and we ask the Lord to keep them in his care. Amen.
December 11th, Saturday
Give us hope, Lord, to steady our steps, for we walk by faith and not by earthly sight.
December 12th - Third Sunday of Advent
John declared…, “I baptise you with water, but someone is coming who is more powerful than I am…He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire!
December 13th, Monday
O glorious Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr who gave her life for the church, we venerate your sacrifice for our faith.
December 14th, Tuesday
Do not worry about who is and is not on your side: simply make sure that God is with you in all you do.
December 15th, Wednesday
Today we pray for all who are housebound and for all those in care facilities. Amen.
December 16th, Thursday
We thank you, Lord, for all that we have: move us to give of our plenty to those who have little.
December 17th, Friday
We give thanks and praise for mothers and fathers, young and old. We remember those who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.
December 18th, Saturday
Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep.
December 19th – Fourth Sunday of Advent
“Of all women, you are most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…”
December 20th, Monday
Lord, we ask you to hold closely young people who are struggling with everyday life. Let them see how much they are valued and loved. Amen.
December 21st, Tuesday
Today we pray for all those living with dementia. May they know in their hearts God’s comforting embrace and continue to realise, as names and memories fade, that they are loved by family, friends, and especially by you. Amen.
December 22nd, Wednesday
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us be mindful that many people will be struggling to put food on their tables. Bless the work of those running food banks and centres; move us to give to them as generously as we can. Amen.
December 23rd, Thursday
Lord Jesus, look after the children of the world, protect them and hear their prayers.
December 24th, Friday
Lord Jesus, give us courage to live the life you offer us, and let your light shine in our lives.
December 25th, Christmas Day
May Jesus light in our hearts, love, hope and peace.
With Mary and Joseph we rejoice in the birth of Jesus. May we welcome Christ as they did. Amen.