23rd December

Today’s gospel is the birth of St John the Baptist, the greatest of the Birth-of-johnprophets who foretold Christ. The intercessions of Evening Prayer draw lessons from his life and ministry that are worthy of our personal consideration.

Let us ask our Father to save us from our sins and send us forward into new life.

Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

The Baptist preached a change of heart: free us from self-satisfaction.

Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

The Pharisees refused the Baptist’s witness to the coming of your Son: free us from fear of the truth.

Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

The Baptist was glad to make way for him: free us from pride.

Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

The dead longed for life: free them from death.

Father, may your Son bring us freedom.

 

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