Sunday, 26 April 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter III, 26 April 2020

He was made ‘known to them in the breaking of the bread’ (Luke 24: 35) … bread baked for the Easter Eucharist at Mount Athos (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Third Sunday of Easter, 26 April 2020, in Castletown Church, Co Limerick, and Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Co Limerick. 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,
as the Psalm says this morning,
‘I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication’ (Psalm 116: 1):

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:
open our eyes that we may recognise you,
make yourself known to us
in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24: 31, 35):

We pray for the Church,
that we may share 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.

We pray for Bishop John McDowell,
who takes office as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
this Tuesday.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
We pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
and the Most Revd Michael Lewis,
Archbishop and Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;
in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for members of Select Vestries throughout the dioceses.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:
we delight in receiving
‘the gift of the Holy Spirit … the promise … for all [and for] everyone whom the Lord our God calls’ (Acts 2: 38-39):

We pray for people involved in
business, farms, shops and schools,
as they worry about the future.

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

Lord, thank you for giving us the grace
to live with a world of difference.
Please help us to share that grace with everyone we meet.
Amen.

Merciful Father, …

He was made ‘known to them in the breaking of the bread’ (Luke 24: 35) … a ‘Miner’s Loaf’ with a Cornish Cross on a market stall in Truro (Photograph Patrick Comerford)

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