28 December 2016

Praying at Christmas with USPG,
(4): 28 December 2016

The Killing of the Holy Innocents, by Giotto (ca 1304-1306), Padua

Patrick Comerford

The Christmas season continues, and today [28 December 2016] is the feast of the Holy Innocents. Each morning throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas I am using the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), for my morning prayers and reflections.

This week, the prayers in the USPG Prayer Diary focus on the needs of mothers and children in Palestine and Israel.

The USPG Prayer Diary:

Wednesday 28 December 2016, The Holy Innocents:

Give thanks for all Israeli doctors who co-operate with Caritas Baby Hospital and for those who strive to obtain further treatment for patients in Israel.

Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, the Church of Ireland, Holy Communion):

Jeremiah 11: 15-17; Psalm 124; I Corinthians 1: 26-29; Matthew 2: 13-18.

The Collect of the Day:

Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod:
By your great might frustrate all evil designs,
and establish your reign of justice, love and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God,
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
you have fed us this day at the table of life and hope.
Teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Massacre of the Holy Innocents, Alexey Pismenny

Continued tomorrow

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