BIDDING PRAYERS

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – “GAUDETE” SUNDAY

Priest:             With the encouragement of John the Baptist we prepare a way for the Lord by offering our prayers to our Heavenly Father in hopeful expectation of His plan for our salvation.

Reader:          For the Our Holy Father Pope Francis; that, like John the Baptist he will proclaim in the wilderness of our world that we must truly prepare for the joy of the coming of Our Lord.

Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          For all peoples of earth: For nations at enmity with one another: may they turn from conflict toward mutual and lasting respect

Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          For all in need of food, clothing, adequate housing or suitable employment; may this season of grace bring them justice and hope for all their needs.

Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          For those who will find the approaching celebration of Christmas a time of sadness or anxiety; may we support them with our prayers and assist them with our resources.

Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          For all of us gathered here today to rejoice in the Lord: may we make room for the Christ Child to dwell in our lives, our families and our world.

                        Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          Let us remember especially today (Elizabeth Prescott, Vigil Mass); (The Parish 9.30am Mass); (Ken Lofthouse and deceased family members 11.00am Mass) (Sandra Snape 6.30pm) for whom this Mass is offered.

And also, all the faithful departed, especially Mary Lloyd, and for all those who have died recently, may they be raised up on the last day.

Lord hear us ……………………………….Lord graciously hear us

Reader:          Let us pray for our own private intentions; (pause).   We ask Mary, our Mother, to intercede on our behalf: Hail Mary …

Priest:             Father, in this holy season of Advent, we ask that you bestow on your people the virtue of hope as we wait expectantly for the coming of your Son, who is Lord for ever and ever,  Amen.

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