Celebrant: As we begin this Advent season of prayer and expectation, let us present our needs before God with confidence.
That the Church, with eager longing for the return of Christ, may prepare for Him by building a world of justice, we pray to the Lord.
That leaders of nations may seek that justice and peace which come from the Word of God, we pray to the Lord.
That all who have not yet heard of the coming of Christ may hear and believe the Good News, we pray to the Lord.
That the gift of justice may transform our land, making secure the lives of the poor, the vulnerable, and the unborn, we pray to the Lord.
That the sick and the lonely may find comfort in Christ and the Church, we pray to the Lord.
That all who have died may be freed from sin and stand securely before the Son of Man, we pray to the Lord.
Father, we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Christ our Savior. As you answer our prayers, make us holy, that we may greet him with eager hearts, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.