Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sample Intercessions for First Sunday of Advent - November 27, 2005 - Opening of Jubilee Year

First Sunday of Advent, Year B
November 27, 2005

Things, events, and news items to keep in mind:

  • Click here for this Sunday's readings.
  • This Sunday begins the Jubilee Year in the Diocese of San Jose commemorating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of our diocese. The Jubilee Year culminates in a eucharistic celebration at the Cathedral on March 18, 2006, and ends on March 19, 2007.
  • This week the nation celebrates Thanksgiving Day. Some parishioners may be travelling, and visitors may be in your parish this weekend.

The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and Step by Step Guide to help you write your own.

For the coming of Jesus Christ in glory,
of Emmanuel, our hope, of peace and unity for all,
let us cry out that God may remember us.

For the Church,
still waiting,
still seeking the fullness of the revelation of our Lord Jesus [pause]:
May we be unafraid to dream,
alert to God’s presence,
and awake to hear Christ’s call.
We pray to the Lord.

For the leaders of the world,
still divided,
still unable to see God’s face in the poor [pause]:
May they be roused from their sleep
to work untiringly for a world
where all are fed, sheltered, healed, and at peace.
We pray to the Lord.

For families,
still yearning for reconciliation,
still striving in faith through the daily struggles of life [pause]:
May they be abundantly blessed
with thanksgiving for all that has been
and hope for what is to come.
We pray to the Lord.

For those still waiting for welcome,
still searching for meaning,
still hoping for compassion, forgiveness, and love [pause]:
May we be watchful
for the many, surprising ways God comes to us.
We pray to the Lord.

For our Diocese of San José,
still growing in God’s riches,
still being worked by the potter’s hands [pause]:
May we be faithful servants and courageous witnesses
who show the face of Christ to the world
until the day of the Lord.
We pray to the Lord.

For the dead who wait in joyful hope
for the coming of the Lord,
especially for those we now remember [pause]:
May they be roused from their sleep
and raised up to life eternal.
We pray to the Lord.

Lord Jesus, the Fullness of Time and Lord of History,
prepare us to recognize the coming of your Kingdom,
and make us watchful for your presence already with us.
Form us in this Jubilee Year to be a Church that matters,
especially to those most in need of good news.
Hear our prayers and do not delay,
for you are Christ, yesterday, today, and tomorrow,
Lord, for ever and ever. Amen.