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Advent

Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.

Prayer

Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Advent Call to Prayer

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Advent prayer for Wales

The Bishops are inviting everyone to join them in prayer every evening at 6pm from Advent Sunday on November 29 to Christmas Day.

The prayer asks for God’s healing and blessing on our nation and can be adapted for those of a different faith or tradition.

“Christians believe that God’s light (the light of truth, the light of justice, the light of love) shines in the world and, no matter how dark things become, whether because of COVID or other troubles and difficulties, yet there is always hope in God’s goodness and love,” say the Bishops. “For us, that light shines most fully in Jesus, whom we believe is God at work, entering the world to share our pain and to bring healing.”

“We are sure that the healing, the strength, the compassion and the courage for which we will be praying are important to all people, whether of faith or not. Whatever our beliefs, we can all wish good cheer and well-being to everyone in Wales in this season.”

Advent Prayer For Wales

Advent Prayer For Wales
Heavenly Father, in the midst of a troubled world, you are light and life.
Send us your healing for those who are ill,
your strength for those who are suffering,
your compassion for those who grieve, and
your courage for those who work for the healing and service of others.
Bless our nation of Wales with the life-giving spirit of your love,
and grant us your mercy,
[revealed in the person of Christ your Son]. Amen.

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