Benefice of Derwent Ings
December 2nd. The Church year begins on Advent Sunday during a gloomy time of the year, when the symbols of darkness and light are at their most powerful. Each Sunday in Advent, we light a new candle on the Advent Wreath, the four external candles of which represent the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary respectively. On Christmas Day the central candle representing Christ our Light is lit. So we pray
Almighty God give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us with great humility, that on the last day, when he shall come in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Knowing that whilst we are celebrating the mystery of Christ’s birth there are many who still suffer as a result of war, the many who are homeless and are refugees as Jesus and his family once were, let us pray:
Heavenly Father, May this joyous Christmas season be a time of reconciliation and peace; may the love of Christ be with us and may his peace surround us. Grant that it may be a time of healing, giving and sharing, not only to our families, but to those in need and may your Spirit be with us as we care and share in the Saviour’s blessed birth. Amen
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