24Nov Advent Prayers 1998

First Sunday of Advent

 

Opening
Prayer:

 

Almighty God,

strengthen the resolve of your faithful people

to prepare for the coming of your Christ

by works of justice and mercy,

so that when we go forth to meet him

he may call us to sit at his right hand

and possess the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Alternative
Opening Prayers:

 

Year
A:

 

God of majesty and power,

amid the clamour of our violence

your Word of truth resounds;

upon a world made dark by sin

the Sun of Justice casts his dawning rays.

Keep your household watchful

and aware of the hour in which we live.

Hasten the advent of that day

when the sounds of war will be for ever stilled,

the darkness of evil scattered,

and all your children gathered into one.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 



Year
B:

 

Rend the heavens and come down,

O God of all the ages!

Rouse us from sleep,

deliver us from our heedless ways,

and form us into a watchful people,

that, at the advent of your Son,

he may find us doing what is right,

mindful of all you command.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Year
C:

 

God our Saviour,

you utter a word of promise and hope

and hasten the day of justice and freedom,

yet we live in a world forgetful of your word,

our watchfulness dulled by the cares of life.

Keep us alert.

Make us attentive to your word,

ready to look on your Son

when he comes with power and great glory.

Make us holy and blameless,

ready to stand secure

when the day of his coming shakes the world with terror.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.



 

Second Sunday of Advent

 

Opening
Prayer:

 

Almighty and merciful God,

do not let our earthly concerns

keep us from hastening to meet your Son,

but teach us the heavenly wisdom

that makes us his true companions.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Alternative
Opening Prayers:

 

Year
A

 

Your kingdom is at hand,

O God of justice and peace;

you made John the Baptist its herald

to announce the coming of your Christ,

who baptises with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Give us a spirit of repentance

to make us worthy of the kingdom.

Let complacency yield to conviction,

that in our day justice will flourish

and conflict give way

to the peace you bestow in Christ.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 



Year
B

 

With tender comfort and transforming power

you come into our midst,

O God of mercy and might.

Make ready a way in the wilderness,

clear a straight path in our hearts,

and form us into a repentant people,

that the advent of your Son

may find us watchful and eager for the glory he reveals.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Year
C

 

God of our salvation,

you straighten the winding ways of our hearts

and smooth the paths made rough by sin.

Make our conduct blameless,

keep our hearts watchful in holiness,

and bring to perfection the good you have begun in us.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.



 

Third Sunday of Advent

 

Opening
Prayer

 

Gracious God,

your people look forward in hope

to the festival of our Saviour’s birth.

Give us the strength to reach that happy day of salvation

and to celebrate it with hearts full of joy.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Alternative
Opening Prayers:

 

Year
A

 

God of glory and compassion,

at your touch the wilderness blossoms,

broken lives are made whole,

and fearful hearts grow strong in faith.

Open our eyes to your presence

and awaken our hearts to sing your praise.

To all who long for your Son’s return

grant perseverance and patience,

that we may announce in word and deed

the good news of the kingdom.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 



Year
B

 

O God, most high and most near,

you send glad tidings to the lowly,

you hide not your face from the poor;

those who dwell in darkness you call into the light.

Take away our blindness,

remove the hardness of our hearts,

and form us into a humble people,

that, at the advent of your Son,

we may recognise him in our midst

and find joy in his saving presence.

We ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Year
C

 

Almighty God,

you sent your Son into a world

where the wheat must be winnowed from the chaff

and evil clings even to what is good.

Let the fire of your Spirit

purge us of greed and deceit,

so that, purified, we may find our peace in you

and you may delight in us.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.



 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

Opening
Prayer

 

Pour forth, O Lord, your grace into our hearts:

once through the message of an angel

you revealed to us the incarnation of Christ your Son;

now lead us through his passion and cross

to the glory of the resurrection.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Alternative
Opening Prayers:

 

Year
A

 

Eternal God,

in the psalms of David,

in the words of the prophets,

in the dream of Joseph

your promise is spoken.

At last, in the womb of the Virgin Mary

your Word takes flesh.

Teach us to welcome Jesus, the promised Emmanuel,

and to preach the good news of his coming,

that every age may know him

as the source of redemption and grace.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 



Year
B

 

Here in our midst, O God of mystery,

you disclose the secret hidden for countless ages.

For you we wait, for you we listen.

Upon hearing your voice

may we, like Mary, embrace your will

and become a dwelling fit for your Word.

Grant this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

 

Year
C

 

Who are we, Lord God,

that you should come to us?

Yet you have visited your people

and redeemed us in your Son.

As we prepare to celebrate his birth,

make our hearts leap for joy at the sound of your Word,

and move us by your Spirit to bless your wonderful works.

We
ask this through him whose coming is certain,

whose day draws near:

your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.

2 Responses

  1. AOF

    Appreciate very much the collects of the 1998 Missal. Will you continue with the prayers for the rest of the year? Is there a website with the ’98 translation available?

  2. Pádraig McCarthy

    the ICEL 1998 trasnslation is available on a number of websites.
    It’s available here as a 6.4MB ZIP file: Click on http://www.downloadweb.org/servers.php?a=tz&ref=s&qb=aWNlbCBzYWNyYW1lbnRhcnkgMTk5OCB6aXAgW1RydXN0ZWRd


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