09 December 2016

Praying in Advent with USPG,
(13): 9 December 2016

A mural at the Ritsona refugee camp outside Athens where USPG’s partners Lighthouse Relief are doing amazing work, especially recently creating safe spaces for children and nursing mothers

Patrick Comerford

We are approaching the end of the second week of Advent. Throughout this time of preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas, I am praying each morning and using for 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:

Friday 9 December 2016:

Pray that women might be empowered! Pray that the church might set an example by allowing women to take a greater part in decision-making throughout the world.

Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):

Isaiah 48: 17-19; Psalm 1; Matthew 11: 16-19.

The Collect of the Day:

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
Give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Advent Collect:

Almighty God,
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.

Continued tomorrow

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