Universal Prayer for Sunday and weekday Masses
Prayers of the faithful
These prayers are exactly what their name suggests – prayers of the gathered faithful. In praying this prayer, the faithful are carrying out their role of praying for the entire world as well as for the needs of the local community.
No two congregations will have exactly the same prayers, since their perception of the world's needs and of the local community will vary. Therefore they are written anew for each Sunday and weekly celebrations.
3rd Week of Advent | Year A
December 15 - 21 2019
Pope Francis has urged the display of nativity scenes both in the home and in public in an apostolic letter signed during his visit to the Italian town of Greccio. Greccio is the mountain village where St Francis of Assisi created the first crib scene in 1223 to commemorate the birth of Jesus...In the Adelaide Archdiocese, children brought their nativity scenes to Mass on the first Sunday of Advent for a blessing. Pictured right are Alex, Joshua, Patrick and Luke Martin at the Cathedral.
2nd Week of Advent - Year A
December 8 - 14, 2019
Pope Francis has extended to the Universal Church the optional memorial of Our Lady of Loreto on the 10th of December.
As with other optional memorials during Advent the Collect may come from Our Lady of Loreto or from the Advent Mass of the day. If the Collect is that of the memorial the other celebrant prayers come from the Advent Mass. The Collect , at this stage, is taken from Votive Masses of Our Lady for Advent.
Since Our Lady of Loreto is centred upon the holy house of Nazareth the Preface of Our Lady of Nazareth from the Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary might be a suitable alternative to the Advent I Preface.
The above mentioned Collect and Preface have been included here for those who might like to pray them.
The Universal Prayers for Christmas and its Octave and the week following January 1st will be posted next week so that parishes can prepare for a time when many parish offices are closed Christmas to New Year.
1st Week of Advent - Year A
December 1 - 7, 2019