A Prayer at the beginning of Advent

“We have now begun our Advent journey, a time of patient waiting and joyful hope.  As we look forward to the celebration of Christmas 2023, we pray to the Lord for an end to wars across the globe and for justice and peace to reign in our uncertain world.  We remember most of all the innocent, as they suffer most in terms of death, injury, hunger and displacement.  The coming of Christ brought light into a darkened world, ‘a light that darkness could not overpower’ – and we earnestly pray for light at this time.
In Ireland, this time of year also brings great difficulty to many in terms of surviving and staying warm.  We urge those who can, to respond generously to the Christmas appeals of Trócaire, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, and charities that bring hope to the lives of those families bearing the brunt of the cost of living and energy crises.  Through the coming days of Advent may our hearts be open to the grace and power of the Lord and filled with joy when we celebrate His birth.”
Irish Bishops Conference

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do
seek quiet places to hear you voice each day.

We who are anxious over so many things
look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways
long for complete joy in your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy
seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people walking in darkness yet seeking the light.

To you we say “Come Lord Jesus”