Sunday, 12 April 2020

Sunday intercessions
on Easter Day

‘Do not be afraid’ (Matthew 28: 5) … words on a gable end on Richmond Street in Portobello, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use last night at the Easter Eucharist in Saint Brendan’s Church Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, and at the Easter Eucharist this morning in Castletown Church and Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale. However, the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 or Corona Virus pandemic:

Let us pray on this Easter Day:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father:

Jesus says, ‘Do not be afraid’ (Matthew 28: 5), ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’ (John 20: 17):

We pray this morning for all who are afraid and live in fear …
in fear of the Corona virus …
in fear for their health and for their families…
in fear for the future …
in fear of hunger and hatred …

We pray for people who are not at home …
for those who cannot return home …
for all in hospitals or who are isolated …
for families finding it difficult to work at home, to stay at home …
to care for and to school children at home …
for the homeless, the migrants and the refugees …

We pray for the nations of the world in this time of crisis,
for our own country, Ireland north and south …
for those bearing the responsibility of government …
for those working in frontline services …
and for those who keep working on essential supply lines …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:

You ask us: ‘Why are you weeping? (John 20: 12):

We pray for the Church,
that as the Church we may be messengers of hope and joy,
sharing the good news of the Resurrection.

We pray for churches that are closed this morning,
that the hearts of the people may remain open
to the love of God, and to the love of others.

In the Church of Ireland,
we pray this month for
the Diocese of Down and Dromore and Bishop David McClay.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth,
we pray for our neighbouring parishes
in Limerick, Adare and Tralee,
their parishioners and people,
their priests: Jim, Phyllis, Liz, and Niall,
that we may grow closer together
in mission, ministry and hospitality.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
and the People of the Land of the Holy One.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Aughaval Union of Parishes in the Diocese of Tuam,
their priest, Canon Jennifer McWhirter,
and the congregations of
Holy Trinity, Westport, Christ Church, Castlebar.
Saint Thomas’s, Dugort (Achill Island), and Turlough Church.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:

‘This is the day that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalm 118: 24):

We pray for ourselves and for our needs,
for healing, restoration and health,
in body, mind and spirit.

We pray for the needs of one another,
for those who are alone and lonely …
for those who travel …
for those who are sick, at home or in hospital …
Alan ... Ajay … Charles …
Lorraine … James …
Niall … Linda ... Basil …

We pray for those who grieve …
for those who remember loved ones …
May their memory be a blessing to us.

We pray for those who have broken hearts …
for those who live with disappointment …
for those who are alone and lonely …
We pray for all who are to be baptised,
We pray for all preparing to be married,
We pray for those who are about to die …

We pray for those who have asked for our prayers …
for those we have offered to pray for …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer on this Sunday, Easter Day,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages;
to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever.
Alleluia, Christ is risen: he is risen indeed. Alleluia! Amen.
(From the Easter Liturgy)

Merciful Father, …

Saint Thomas’s Church, Dugort, Achill Island … named in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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