The 4th Sunday before Advent.
Holy and blessed Father, who sits with your son at your right hand, and from whom all blessings flow, bless us with the presence of Your Holy Spirit. We know that you hear all prayers, whenever, wherever and however they are prayed. Hear this prayer today offered in Jesus name.
On this All Saints Day we give thanks for every saint whether known or unknown to us, from wherever they came and from whatever culture. May we be inspired by them in following You to do Your work and spread Your word.
For the saints who went before us
who have spoken to our hearts
who have touched us with your fire
We paise you Lord.
For the saints who live beside us
whose weaknesses and strengths
are woven with our own
we praise you Lord.
For the saints who live beyond us
who challenge us
to change the world with them
We praise you Lord.
We pray for the dead, however death occurred, whether in Your time, or especially for those whose death was at the violent hands of humankind. May they all be welcomed into Your Heavenly Kingdom.
With the destruction of the refugee camp at Calais, bless us with a sense of compassion Father, that we may in turn show compassion to all refugees. We bring to mind and hold before You the children and especially those unaccompanied, separated from family and those who love them.
Lord who knows the hopes and fears that we each carry in our hearts, grant us the courage to face those fears. Give us persistence to pursue our hopes and wisdom to do so in a way that benefits all.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.