20 March 2020

Praying through Lent with
USPG (24): 20 March 2020

A memorial plaque to the victims of the Holocaust at the Schola Spagnola (Spanish Synagogue) in Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, one of the two functioning synagogues in the Ghetto in Venice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

During Lent this year, I am using the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the Holocaust, so I am illustrating my reflections each morning with images that emphasise this theme.

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.

We have passed the half-way mark in our journey in Lent this year. This week (15-21 March), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on the theme of ‘Standing with Indigenous Communities in The Philippines.’ This theme was introduced in the Prayer Diary on Sunday.

Friday 20 March 2020 (International Day of Happiness):

Lord, we thank you that your joy is our strength. Help us to spread happiness wherever you place us.

Readings: Hosea 14: 1-9; Psalm 81: 6-10, 13, 16; Mark 12: 28-34.

The Collect of the Day:

Merciful Lord,
Grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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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