24 May 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Easter VII, 24 May 2020

‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace’ (from the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis) … a mediaeval carved statue of Saint Francis of Assisi in the ruins of the Franciscan Friary in Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, 24 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 pandemic:

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

Let us pray in this Season of Easter:

Heavenly Father, protect us in your name
so that we may be one,
as Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one (John 17: 11):

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:
you have called us to be your witnesses
to the ends of the earth (Acts 1: 8):

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.

Today is Anglican Communion Sunday.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray
for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world,
for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby,
for all primates and bishops,
for members of the Anglican Consultative Council,
for the Secretary General, the Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon,
for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London
and the staff at UN offices in Geneva and New York.

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 all those in our dioceses engaged in Agriculture.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit, we are blessed,
for the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God,
is resting on us (I Peter 4: 14):

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…
for Michelle, Ian, and the Shorten and O’Riordan families …
for Lynn and the O’Gorman, Hodge and Latchford families …
for those who mourn PJ and who mourn Sherry …
may their memories be a blessing …

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 from USPG:

A prayer on the Seventh Sunday of Easter,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel,
a prayer from the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Merciful Father, …

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