Jesus Christ is the light of the world and he has called us to share in that light. Let us pray to the Lord for his grace so that his light may shine today on everyone.

Let us pray for the mission of the Church: may she be a light to those who live in the darkness of unbelief and show them the way to fullness of life in Christ: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for all Christian parents: may they model themselves on Mary and Joseph, who brought their infant Son to the Temple. May they lead their children by their example to the love and practice of the Christian faith: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those who seriously doubt their faith: may they examine their lives in the light of the Gospel and rediscover the joy of what it is to be Christian: (pause) Lord hear us.

Let us pray for a deeper personal love of Christ in the community: may we come to know Jesus Christ, not only as our God and King, but as our brother and companion in life: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary, Mother of the Infant Jesus, as we say: Hail Mary … etc.

We pray in silence for our own petitions to God who loves us as a father.

God our Father, through the light of your grace we have made our prayers to you, full of faith in your will to grant our requests. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Presentation of the Lord (February 2nd)