Light a candle
Lord you are the light of the world.
May your light guide and comfort us. We ask you to bless this candle, and more importantly bless the person who lit the candle. May these lights serve to remind them of your presence. Light brings comfort, warmth and hope. May this comfort, warmth and hope touch the hearts and lives of those seeking comfort during difficult times. Bless all students during exams and especially in times of stress. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
All intentions are prayed for during our daily Masses.
Today is the First Sunday of Advent.
Year B, 29th November 2020
During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. Amid the Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. (Follow our Advent calendar on our website https://www.spms.org/advent-2020 in preparation for Christmas. It can also be downloaded and printed.)
With Advent we mark the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. Advent is a season of waiting with hopeful expectation. We look forward towards Christmas and the birth of Christ.
Advent is the time of opening ourselves to the risk of hope, and the power of the whole world in all its times, places, people and circumstances. We are asked to see this world as God sees, knows and loves it, with all its beauty and painful truth. The contemplation invites us to attend also to the response of one, small, unseen young woman in Nazareth. She is our teacher and guide in this Advent time. She is the one who can teach us how to listen deeply, contemplatively, and she is the one who can show us how to be open to the impossible thing that God does.
First Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37
During November we remember in our Masses and prayers all those named on your November Dead lists. We remember especially all those who have died recently and whose loss we grieve.
We remember especially at our daily Masses…Our Deceased Benefactors, Our Deceased Families and Friends, Our Deceased Society Members, All our Deceased Missionary Partners, All named on your November Dead Lists, All named on Mission Circle Cards.
We remember St Patrick’s Missionaries who died in 2020: Fathers PJ Melican (February 13th), Thomas Barrett (March 6th), Joe Millar (March 31st), Billy O’Carroll (May 20th), Pat Connolly (June 22nd), Peter Hegarty (July 16th), Brian Twomey (July 23rd), Michael O’Brien (August 19th), and Patrick Kelly (October 30th). Rest in Peace.
God of the living and the dead,
You brought Jesus back to life.
Raise up the faithful departed,
And let us come with them
Into your heavenly glory.
Remembering our deceased in November. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Please heal my sister Maryanne’s body. She can’t walk as she needs two knee replacement surgeries. She has so many other health problems, we’re going to see if she can get robotic knee surgery instead. Help her to walk even a little bit each day until we can see the doctor. Please let all her tests come back normal. And keep the swelling down on her legs. Thank you.
Prayers on Fridays
We invite you to join with us in prayer, wherever you may be in the world, every Friday at 12 noon.
We pray the following prayer together:
Almighty and All-loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
We pray to you through Christ the Healer
For those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid-19
In (name your country) and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
Of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
Skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
Comfort to everyone in distress
And a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
Who showed compassion to the outcast,
Acceptance to the rejected
And love to those to whom no love was shown.
From all in St Patrick’s Missionary Society.