25 April 2020

Praying in Easter with USPG:
14, Saturday 25 April 2020

Christ and the Saints and the Evangelists depicted in the Dome in Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2018)

Patrick Comerford

I am continuing to use the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections throughout this Season of Easter. 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.

Throughout this week (19 to 25 April 2020), the USPG Prayer Diary has taken as its theme the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe – Central Africa Province. This theme was introduced on Sunday in the Prayer Diary.

Today is the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist in the calendar of the Church and is also World Malaria Day.

Saturday 25 April 2020:

Lord, we thank you for all the advances that have been made in medical science, particularly in treating malaria.

The Readings: Proverbs 15: 28-33 or Acts 15: 35-41; Psalm 119: 9-16; Ephesians 4: 7-16; Mark 13: 5-13.

The Collect of the Day (Saint Mark):

Almighty God,
who enlightened your holy Church
through the inspired witness of your evangelist Saint Mark:
Grant that we, being firmly grounded
in the truth of the gospel,
may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Post Communion Prayer:

Blessed Lord,
you have fed us at this table with sacramental gifts.
May we always rejoice and find strength
in the gift of the gospel
announced to us by Saint Mark,
and come at last to the fullness of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

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