25 March 2019

Praying through Lent with
USPG (20): 25 March 2019

The Virgin Mary in a new set of icons of the Annunciation in Lichfield Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Today is the Feast of the Annunication [25 March 2019], and later this morning I am presiding and preaching at the Festal Eucharist in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick (11 a.m.).

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 (24-30 March), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on the theme of Gender.

The Prayer Diary introduced this week’s theme yesterday with a report from on the Skills Training Programme for Women and Girls, in Kurnool, an initiative of the Nandyal Diocese in the Church of South India.

Monday 25 March:

Pray for women who hold families together in the face of trauma and hardship, that they may be strengthened in faith and find solidarity in one another.

The Collect:

Pour your grace into our hearts, Lord,
that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

The Post Communion Prayer:

God Most High,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
We thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption
you visit us with your Holy Spirit
and overshadow us by your power.
May we like Mary be joyful in our obedience,
and so bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A depiction of the Annunciation in the Rose Room in the Kairos Centre in Roehampton, west London, the venue for a residential meeting of USPG trustees last November (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2018)

Continued tomorrow

Yesterday’s reflection

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