23 December 2016

Praying in Advent with USPG,
(27): 23 December 2016

‘Pray for protection for children’ … the crib in the South Transept in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, waiting for the Christ Child (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2016)

Patrick Comerford

This is the last week of Advent, and we are just two days away from Christmas Day. Throughout this time of preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas, I am praying each morning in Advent and using for my reflections the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).

This week, the prayers in the USPG Prayer Diary focus on the church’s support for children worldwide, drawing insights from the work of the Delhi Brotherhood Society with children and women.

The USPG Prayer Diary:

Friday 23 December 2016:

Pray for protection for children from those who would seek those who would seek to abuse them, including human traffickers who prey on vulnerable communities.

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

Malachi 3: 1-4, 4: 5-6; Psalm 25: 3-9; Luke 1: 57-66.

The Collect of the Day:

God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
Grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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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