Ember Day

Today is the third and last Ember day in Advent. Ember days are for fasting and prayer. Since the time of Pope Gelasius I (492-496) Ember days also became a time for the ordination of clergy.

May I suggest today that we pray for all clergy at this time of year?

For those burdened with work,

for those who don’t have time to be with their family,

for those who are lonely and feel unsupported,

for those struggling with the highs and lows of each working day.

Advent God, we bring before you all those who minister to us. In this time of darkness and anticipation we hold them before your dawning light. Give them strength for the days ahead and the sure knowledge that you are with them guiding and protecting. Amen

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