Monday, 28 November 2016
Praying in Advent with USPG,
(2): 28 November 2016
The season of Advent began yesterday [27 November 2016], and later this morning I speaking to MTh students about a Spirituality for Advent.
Throughout this time of preparation for Christmas, I am praying each morning and using in my reflections the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).
USPG is also marking the time around the beginning of Advent, from 25 November to 10 December, as ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.’
The USPG Prayer Diary:
Monday 28 November 2016:
Pray for safety and respect for women and girls, especially those who are most vulnerable to abuse. Pray that they might know God’s love and protection..
Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):
Isaiah 4: 2-6; Psalm 122; Matthew 8: 5-13.
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.