Friday, 22 May 2020

Praying in Easter with USPG:
41, Friday 22 May 2020

The United Nations Peace Garden near the West Door of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick … today is International Day of UN peacekeepers (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

The season of Easter continues from Easter Day, through Ascension Day, until the Day of Pentecost. 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 (17 to 23 May 2020), the theme of the USPG Prayer Diary is ‘Ascension Day: Mystery and Infinity.’ The Rev’d Canon Richard Bartlett, Director of Mission Engagement at USPG, introduced this theme in the Prayer Diary on Sunday morning.

Friday 22 May 2020 (International Day of UN peacekeepers):

Pray for the staff of St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Malawi, that they remain dedicated and protected especially whilst dealing with COVID-19.

The Readings:

Acts 18: 9-18; Psalm 47: 1-6; John 16: 44-53.

The Collect of the Day:

Grant, we pray, Almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens;
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

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