Thursday, 7 March 2019

Praying through Lent with
USPG (2): 7 March 2019

‘Jesus takes the Cross’ … Station II in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

Patrick Comerford

Lent began yesterday [6 March 2019], Ash Wednesday, and last night I presided and preached at the Ash Wednesday Eucharist in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.

During Lent this year, I am using the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections.

USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential, and champion justice. It was founded in 1701.

This week (3-9 March), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on India.

On Sunday [3 March 2019], the diary published an adapted article by the Right Revd Probal Dutta, who is Deputy Moderator of Church of North India, Bishop of Calcutta and the Moderator’s Commissary to the Diocese of Durgapur.

He spoke of the Church in India being a beacon for its people as it seeks to re-ignite its brilliance in mission in three ways:

The mission to social justice.

The mission to preach the word of God in regional languages and dialects.

The mission to witness.

Thursday 7 March 2019:

Pray for the Church in its mission to preach the Word of God, that its commitment to speak in languages and dialects its hearers will understand will be honoured, and the gospel will be heard.

Readings: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9: 22-25.

The Lenten Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Continued tomorrow

Yesterday’s reflection

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