During Advent we’ll be using the following “Prayers of the People” from the Church of South India. You might like to use it during the week as well.

prayers of the people
We remember the poor and the homeless,
widows and exploited women,
undernourished children and the victims of war,
terrorism and unjust societies.
Where the mind is without fear,
where the head is held high,
into that haven of freedom, O God, let our world awake.

People: Hear our prayer; let our cry come to you.

We remember those who are denied
the power of knowledge and skill,
those rendered voiceless through exploitation and oppression,
those whose ability to question has been taken away,
and those tormented and mentally ill.
Where knowledge is free, where reason is honored,
into that haven of freedom, O God, let our world awake.

People: Hear our prayer; let our cry come to you.

We remember those who work without just recompense,
child laborers, the dispossessed,
those who are unjustly treated or falsely accused.
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
into that haven of freedom, O God, let our world awake.

People: Hear our prayer; let our cry come to you.