As we begin the New Year, may we give thanks for the blessings God graciously bestowed upon us in 2018, and pray for openness to what the Lord is calling us to do in 2019. Let us remember the brokenhearted and the suffering in our prayers and, in remembering Christ’s own love for each of us, reach out to be with others in support and in love and trust in God’s power to work through each of us.
CHRIST CANDLE OF HOPE PRAYER
God, our loving Father, you sent your Son,
Jesus Christ, into this world to counter
all the forces of evil: sin, suffering and death,
and to overcome evil with the force of good;
hatred with the power of love,
your great love for us in Jesus.
Help us never to curse the darkness,
but to join with you in bringing
Your light into this world,
the light that is your Son,
born of the Virgin Mary, in Bethlehem.
Help us to be instruments of your light
and love by doing one special act of kindness
or by being your special instrument
of reconciliation this New Year.
May the Christ Candle we light symbolize
our desire to bring light into a world of darkness
and hope into a world of despair.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.