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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 21st December 2014

Let us now bring our prayers to God, who is always more ready to hear us than we are to listen to him.

We pray for the Church, for the Pope and all clergy and religious, as they work to serve God and spread his Word.

We pray for all those affected by the massacre of schoolchildren and their teachers in Pakistan: may those who died rest in peace and those they left behind find consolation in your heavenly arms.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we pray for the millions of homeless refugees in the war-torn areas of this world, that they might find some cause for hope and joy in the midst of their hardship.

We pray for all caught up in the hostage shooting in Sydney: may God’s comforting love heal their trauma; and we ask that those who lost someone that day find peace.

We ask for God’s blessing on the improved relations between the USA and Cuba; that these two countries live, work and trade in harmony and that their people benefit from this openness.

As the Advent season draws to a close, we remember the real meaning of Christmas, and ask God that the birth of his Son will bring peace on Earth to all.

Hear our prayer, O heavenly Father, who sent your Son Jesus Christ to bring your message of salvation to the world, we offer these prayers in your name, O loving and generous God. Amen.