Sunday, 10 May 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter V, 10 May 2020

‘In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places’ (John 14: 2) … a tower block in London (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2020, in Castletown Church, Kilcornan, 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:

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

Like Saint Stephen, the first martyr,
may we be filled with the Holy Spirit,
and see the glory of God the Father
and Christ at his right hand (Acts 7: 55).
Let us pray in this Season of Easter:

Heavenly Father,
we know that in our Father’s house
there are many dwelling-places (John 14: )

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;
enlighten the minds of those seeking
to contain the spread of the virus
and those searching for a vaccine;

Give hope to schools and places of education,
to teachers and lecturers,
to students and pupils,
to parents and staff;

Give wisdom to governments,
especially those in government in Ireland,
guide all who make difficult decisions,
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 has taken office as Archbishop of Armagh
and Primate of All Ireland.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya,
and the Most Revd Jackson Ole Sapit,
Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Skreen Union of parishes in the Diocese of KIllala,
Canon Noel Regan,
and the congregations of Christ Church, Dromard,
Saint Mary’s, Kilmacshalgan, and Skreen Church.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:
at Pentecost we have been made
‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s own people’ (I Peter 2: 9):

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 …
May their memory be a blessing to us.

We pray for those who have broken hearts …
for those who live with disappointment …
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 Fifth Sunday of Easter,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

Loving Lord, we thank you that you created us all equally,
in your own image, and as one inclusive family.
Inspire your church to work to overcome inequalities,
that the world may see your justice in our midst.

Merciful Father, …

Saint Stephen depicted in Saint Stephen Walbrook, a Wren church on the site of a seventh century Saxon church in London (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

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