A Prayer for the New Year 2016

Almighty God, as we begin this New Year, we offer You our thanks for granting us another year in which we can come to know, trust and love You. We thank You for all the blessings You bestowed on us last year and for helping us meet the challenges life presented us.

As we begin this new year, we ask Your blessings upon all our deceased relatives and friends and humbly ask that You grant them rest in a place of light where there is no pain, sorrow or mourning. We ask You to help us remember them. |

As we begin this new year, we further beg Your blessings upon all of our living relatives and friends. May they have the strength and courage to peacefully face all of life’s challenges. Help them, we pray, to embrace each single moment of life as a precious gift. Help them to truly know that You are with them. We ask You to help them learn the lessons that life presents to them so that they may grow in their union with You. Help them, O God, to know that You are with us.
We also ask You, O God, to bless our parish family. Bless all of our members, especially those struggling with health challenges. Help us to ever grow closer to You and one another.

Finally, Almighty God, we humbly ask that You increase our awareness of Your presence in our life so that we might grow in our ability to hold precious each and every opportunity that life presents, believing that each opportunity provides us with an occasion to place our hope and trust in You.

We ask these blessings for the New Year and render glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

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