As members of Voice of the Faithful, we recognize
that liturgical preparation for the holiest seasons
of the year is crucial to focus congregations on the
meaning of the season. With all the commercial clutter
that will soon barrage us, we developed a prayer service
linking the birth of the Christ Child with all children
and with the imagery of the Good Shepherd.
We believe that our beloved Church must be responsive
to the least among us, those without power to protect
themselves, without voice to call out for protection.
This hurtful scandal in our Church affects us all but
we must recognize that we are all shepherds following
in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd. Voice of the
Faithful developed this prayer service as a way for
all Catholics to recognize this valuable role. We are
using imagery that will focus on the protection of
our children and that might serve to reach out to those
who have wandered away.
We offer this Advent
Gift for your consideration.
Please consider sharing this prayer reflection with
your pastor, worship committee, Director of Religious
Education, family members and others for use during
the upcoming season of Advent.
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