17 May 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter VI, 17 May 2020,
Rogation Sunday

‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way’ (Acts 17: 22) … the Acropolis in Athens by night (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 17 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:

The God who made the world and everything in it,
he is Lord of heaven and earth (Acts 17: 24)

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;

Keep safe those who return to work this week,
give hope to those trying to get their businesses working,
give wisdom to the government,
guide all who make difficult decisions,
help us to protect our communities and ourselves.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:
in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 22: 28):

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 Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church of Korea
and Most Revd Moses Nagjun Yoo,
Primate of Korea and Bishop of Daejeon.

In the Church of Ireland, we pray this month for
the Diocese of Connor and the Bishop-elect, George Davison.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Aughrim and Creagh Unions of parishes,
the Revd John Godfrey, and the congregations of
Saint Catherine’s, Ahascragh,
Holy Trinity, Aughrim,
Saint John the Evangelist, Ballinasloe,
and Kilconell, Woodlawn, and Ardrahan churches.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Spirit of truth, we know you, because you abide with us (John 14: 17):

We pray for ourselves and for our needs,
for healing, restoration and health,
in body, mind and spirit.

We pray for one another,
for those who are alone and lonely …
for those who are sick, at home or in hospital …
Alan ... Ajay … Charles …
Lorraine … James … Terry …
Niall … Linda ... Basil …

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 …
We pray for those who mourn and grieve…
We pray for those who have asked for our prayers …
and for those we have offered to pray for …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer for Rogation Day (Common Worship):

Almighty God,
whose will it is that the earth and sea
should bear fruit in due season:
bless the labours of those who work on land and sea,
grant us a good harvest
and the grace always to rejoice in your fatherly care;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

A prayer for Rogationtide:

Remember, Lord, your mercy and loving-kindness towards us.
Bless this good earth, and make it fruitful.
Bless our labour, and give us all things needed for our daily lives.
Bless the homes of our parish and all who live within them.
Bless our common life and our care for our neighbour.
Hear us, good Lord. Amen.

A prayer from USPG:

A prayer from Wales on this Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

God the Sender, send us. God the sent, come with us.
God the Strengthener of those who go, empower us,
That we may go with you and find those who will call you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Merciful Father, …

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