Sunday, 3 May 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter IV, 3 May 2020

Christ the Good Shepherd, with the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist on each side … a stained-glass window in Saint Mary’s Church, Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020, 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:

Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray in this Season of Easter:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father,
Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Psalm 23: 6):

In this diocese,
we pray in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic,
for peoples of all nations:

Loving Father,
we entrust to you the sick, the quarantined, and their families.
Bring them healing in body, mind and spirit.

Comfort the bereaved and anxious;
sustain and protect frontline medical staff, carers and essential workers;
further the efforts of those seeking to contain the spread of the virus;

Give wisdom to those in authority
making decisions in response to the epidemic,
and guide us all to protect ourselves and our communities.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:
you came that we may have life,
and have it abundantly (John 10: 10):

We pray for the Church,
that we may share that life generously and in abundance.

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 Connor and the Bishop-elect, George Davison.

We pray for Archbishop John McDowell,
who took office as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
on Tuesday last.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai,
the Anglican Communion in Japan,
and Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate and Bishop of Hokkaido.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;
in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for diocesan members of the General Synod.

In this parish, we give thanks for the life of
Rosemary Eacrett of Doonard, Tarbert,
who died last Wednesday in Killarney.
She lived in Tarbert for almost 50 years
and was a very valued parishioner of Saint Brendan’s,
serving as Treasurer for many years and as a vestry member.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:
though we may walk through
the valley of the shadow of death,
we will fear no evil;
for you are with us (Psalm 23: 4):

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 …
for the family of Rosemary Eacrett
and her husband George …
their daughter Valerie Hilliard, son Peter,
and their families and friends …
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 …
especially for those dying without the presence of family and friends …

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

Heavenly Father,
we pray for those journalists who risk their lives to speak truth to power,
and we pray for more honesty in our media.

Merciful Father, …

‘We pray for those journalists who risk their lives’ (USPG Prayer Diary) … newspapers on sale at a kiosk in Rethymnon, Crete (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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