Gaudette Sunday Prayer
Lord, we pray for your Church. As we keep today this Gaudete Sunday, and hear once again the command to rejoice, so we pray that all Christians would be filled with joy and hope as we await with eager hearts the coming of your Son.
God of joy,
You rejoice in the unity of the Son and the Spirit,
and you take delight in all you have made.
In this Advent season teach us to share in your joy,
that in times of sorrow, as in times of happiness,
we may come to know the reassurance of your promise
and the fulfilment in coming to be fully alive,
radiant with your glory and charged with your hope,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Taken from The Canterbury Book of New Parish Prayers by M.J.Kramer)