Third Sunday of Advent (B)

BIDDING PRAYERS

PRIEST

The coming of Jesus Christ into our human family is the source of our happiness. We pray to the Lord, during this time of Advent, to increase our faith and our personal commitment to him.

READER

Let us pray for the Church: may she proclaim with deep conviction what the coming of Jesus into our world means, not only for herself and her members, but for the whole world:  (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

We pray for civic leaders everywhere: may they realise that true happiness comes not so much from power, but from their generous service of the whole community:  (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

We pray for our country: may we work for justice, peace, and unity throughout the community:  (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

For those who seek a clearer vision of the mystery of life: may they be drawn by God’s love to discover life’s meaning in the spiritual freedom offered by the way of Christ:  (pause)  …  Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as we say together: Hail Mary …

In silence, we pray for our own personal intentions.

PRIEST

God our Father, we give you praise and thanksgiving for the gift of your Son. Help us to open our hearts to him and grant us your peace and happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Third Sunday in Advent – Year B