Saturday, 25 December 2021

Christmas intercessions, 25 December 2021,
Christmas Day

A Christmas Crib in Bologna (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God’ (John 1: 1):

Heavenly Father,
as we wait for the coming of your Kingdom,
we pray for the world,
that all people may rejoice in the message,
peace on earth, good will to all.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘And the Word became flesh and lived among us’ (John 1: 14):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you for coming among us at Christmas,
we pray for the Church,
that we may share this good news and your love …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it’ (John 1: 5):

Holy Spirit, we pray for all who are afraid, alone and grieving this Christmas …
we pray for all who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and who seek healing …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …
and we pray for one another and for ourselves …
May the darkness never overcome us.

We remember those who are remembered and mourned by parishioners,
May their memories be a blessing to us.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary on Christmas Day invites us to pray:

Today we give thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ.
May the light of his love shine around the world,
filling all with hope and wonder.

Merciful Father …

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