Sunday, 19 April 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter II, 19 April 2020

‘… and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear' (John 20: 19) … locked doors and an abandoned house in Porto (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Second Sunday of Easter in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick, and Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry. However, the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 or Corona Virus pandemic:

Let us pray in this Season of Easter:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father:

Jesus says, ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (John 20: 21):

We pray this morning for all who are afraid and who 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 …
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 tell us: ‘Peace be with you’ (John 20: 19, 21, 26):

We pray for the Church,
that as the Church we may be messengers of peace,
sharing the hope and joy 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,
and pray for his family as they mourn his father Roland.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Church of Ireland and Archbishop-elect John McDowell, Primate of All Ireland.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Limerick City Parish, Dean Niall Sloane and the Revd Edna Wakely, and the congregations of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Saint Michael’s, Pery Square, and Saint John’s, Abington.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:

Christ breathes on us and tells us,
‘Receive the Holy Spirit … forgive’ (John 20: 22-23):

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, the Second Sunday of Easter,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

We thank you, Lord,
for all who endeavour
to ensure Christ’s love for all.
May more of us follow their example.

Merciful Father, …

Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick … named in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this morning (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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