PRAYERS FOR DECEMBER
A PRAYER BASED ON CHRISTINGLE
May its symbolism be with us throughout the Advent Season.
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we gaze upon the decorated oranges Help us to fully appreciate each part in its simple form. We pray for the world you have provided for us. We pray for its beauty, its provision and its diversity. We pray for an end to its ugliness inflicted on your perfect creation. War, famine, hardship, poverty, cruelty and greed.
We thank you for the blood you shed for us so that we may live. We thank you for all you provide in the four corners of the world. May the wealth of the world be shared more fairly. We thank you for the light of our Saviour. Reflected in each other’s faces, and in the faces of children
let us be reminded that you gave us the greatest gift of all, and we ask that we cherish this gift, love as you love us, and spread the light of your word to all those we meet throughout our lives. Amen.
As we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth,
we pray that the true meaning of Christmas will overcome the commercialism and cynicism of the world. We give thanks for every seed sown into the hearts of those who experience the Nativity, either in the written or spoken word, in particular for those who see and hear it for the first time. May its meaning develop into a strong faith, as a relationship with Jesus grows. From welcoming the new born babe in the manger, to knowing and loving the grown man, who taught, loved, and died so mankind could live. Wonderful Counsellor and Saviour.
A PRAYER FOR OUR QUEEN
Father, We give thanks for our dear patron Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Philip, in the year of their 70th Wedding Anniversary. May her Christmas message give meaning and hope to all who hear it. As the family welcome Prince Harry’s fiancée into their homes, and they look forward to the blessing of the birth of Kate and William’s third child, we ask that they can enjoy a day of peace, fun and reflection as they enjoy a day of family life away from royal duties. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR OUR CLERGY.
Father, We ask you to bless our Bishops and Arch Bishops, our clergy in our own parishes, and all who support them in parish life. Support and strengthen them during this busy Advent Season, as they lead and prepare us for the celebrations of our Saviour’s birth. May we support them in prayer and practical ways to assist them in their service to you.
A PRAYER FOR REFUGEES
Father. The Holy Family travelled miles on an uncomfortable journey, and fled for their lives from Herod’s tyranny. May we focus on their plight as we pray for all refugees, forced to leave their homelands to embark on long and perilous journeys. As we remember Mary and Joseph and their precious responsibility with Mary carrying and giving birth to our Saviour, we pray for expectant and new mothers, making these modern day journeys to unfamiliar lands. May they have strength and stamina throughout their pregnancies and labour, as they bring their own precious children into an unfamiliar world. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
Christmas is traditionally a time when families gather together .
Father, we thank you for the blessings we receive. Help us not to take for granted our loved ones families and friendships. We thank you for times spent with them. Be with all those separated from their loved ones, be it through illness, bereavement, postings, imprisonment or breakdown of relationships. May they feel your arms of comfort and peace surround them , and may we, through the love of Mothers’ Union ease their pain.
MOTHERS’ UNION PROJECTS.
We thank you for your guidance and support of the work of the Mothers’ Union.
May we continue to direct our attention to local, national and global needs in projects that make a difference to people’s lives. May the vision of Mary Sumner be at the forefront of all we do.
May the blessing of God surround you each day and night. Trust in him and be led by his word and light. May his Holy Spirit work within you to protect, strengthen and guide you in all you do as you take His peace, together with His love and joy to all you meet, man, woman, girl and boy.