O God of salvation,
The people in whom you take delight hasten with joy to the wedding feast.
Let us experience again the transforming power of your love,
And find hope in this Communion with you and with one another,
A sign of heaven’s eternal wedding feast.
By the power of your Spirit, help us to share with others
The wine of your love.
While all the world, Oh God, lay wrapped in deepest silence,
And night had reached its midpoint,
your all-powerful Word came down,
your life-giving grace appeared,
a child wrapped in baby’s clothes and lying in a manger.
Upon the deep darkness of our world, shine the light of your face, oh God,
That our hearts may exult and sing for joy,
With Mary and Joseph, with angels and shepherds,
And with all people of good will who long for your peace.
O God, good and merciful, in Advent we thank you for the beginning of a new year. Please bless us and fill us with your grace and your love. Please give us your Holy Spirit, so that we will be ready to welcome Jesus, when we celebrate his birth at Christmas, and to proclaim his victory when he comes again at the end of time. And then please give us eternal joy with you in heaven.
We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
O God, good and merciful, after his death on the cross you raised Jesus to life and exalted him to glory. He rules now as King, to bring salvation to this world, weakened by sin and full of violence. Together with all of your Church we praise you. By the power of your Spirit, please give guidance to our lives, so that we may help to build your kingdom by what we say and what we do. We make this prayer as we praise your name and your goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.