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Monthly prayers

December

Prayers for Advent

These prayers have been written to accompany Christian Aid's Advent reflections and Bible studies, which are available for churches, groups and individuals as they journey through Advent.


1 December (First Sunday in Advent)

Advent God,
come, Lord come:
come to all who wait for justice,
come and judge the nations,
come and reconcile our conflicts.

Come, Lord come,
like a thief in the night,
find us ready in the darkness,
mindful of the cost,
but watchful for the dawn
of salvation in our midst.

Advent God,
come, Lord come,
with justice and with mercy,
bringing faith and hope and love,
come, Lord come.


8 December (Second Sunday in Advent)

Accompany us, God,
through the waiting.
Accompany those displaced
waiting to return to the land.
Accompany those in refugee camps
waiting to go home.
Accompany those in conflict zones
waiting for normality.
Accompany those in violent homes
waiting for silence.
Accompany those imprisoned
waiting for justice.
Accompany us God
through the waiting
until your kingdom comes.
Amen.


15 December (Third Sunday in Advent)

God of faithfulness,
knowing and trusting in your promises,
may we hear your living Word,
taste its sweetness,
and take its goodness where we go;
so that all the world may rejoice
and be glad,
and sorrow and sadness may flee away.

 

22 December (Fourth Sunday in Advent)

Advent God,
you break into our lives in the surprising and unexpected
through an unplanned pregnancy
through a teenage girl
through a courageous and grace-filled man.

Advent God,
you break into the lives of the nameless people we see on our TVs
through an escape and the finding of a place of refuge
through a young woman and her children
through the courageous work of Christian Aid partner ASUDA.

Advent God,
where there are tears, bring joy
where there is despair, bring hope
where there is violence, bring peace
in the name of Immanuel
God is with us.


A Prayer for Christmas Eve

On the 24th of every month, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and Christian Aid are joining with Christians around the world to pray for peace in the Middle East.


God with us,
as we wait for the dawning of Christmas Day,
as our souls long for your presence among us,
let us remember Bethlehem in the midst of our celebrations;
still occupied, still a place of division and fear.

God with us,
in whom there is neither Jew nor Gentile;
in the land of Christ’s birth
come to the hungry places, bringing hope,
come to the dark places, bringing justice,
come to the lonely places, bringing love.
Come again in Bethlehem,
come in us, and through us, and even despite us.
That all may join the angels’ song.
Glory to God in the highest heaven.
All hail, let there be joy.


29 December (First Sunday after Christmas Day)

The killing of the children:
A litany of intercession

A sound is heard in Ramah
the sound of bitter weeping.
Rachel is crying for her children;
she refuses to be comforted,
for they are dead.

pray for the innocents of this holy land
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us

... a sound is heard in Damascus, the sound of bitter weeping
pray for the holy innocents of Syria
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us

... a sound is heard in Urabá, the sound of bitter weeping
pray for the holy innocents of Colombia
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us

... a sound is heard in Baghdad, the sound of bitter weeping
pray for the holy innocents of Iraq
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us

... a sound is heard in our land, the sound of bitter weeping
Pray for the holy innocents in our midst
Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us

 

For more of our prayers, please use the red arrows below to see our prayers from previous months.

 

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