02 August 2020

Sunday intercessions on
2 August 2020 (Trinity VIII)

The miracle of the loaves and fishes in a fresco in Analipsi Church in Georgioupoli, Crete … there are only two fish, but the loaves of bread have already been multiplied (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

We pray that we may meet God face-to-face and yet live (see Genesis 32: 30).

We pray for the universal Church of God;

We pray for the bishops of the Church of Ireland
and the staff of the diocese and the Representative Church Body,
who have continued to work throughout this crisis.

We pray for our own bishop, Kenneth.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the new Province of Alexandria,
created from the former
Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough, for Archbishop Michael Jackson,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the vulnerable and anxious,
that they may experience the peace of Christ.

We give thanks for the years of faithful service and ministry
given to this parish and diocese by Edward Buckingham

We pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and pray for the Revd Bernie Daly as she prepares to
come to Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, as Dean’s Vicar.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Show us your marvellous loving-kindness,
O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand’ (Psalm 17: 7)

We pray for the nations of the world:

We pray for our own government and all governments
that have tried to find ways of dealing with this crisis,
thanking God for the blessings
of wise decision makers and advisers …

We pray for the local community:

We give thanks for frontline workers,
essential services that have kept working …
for our schools … the gardai …
for community volunteers who keep in touch with the housebound …
for those who return to work … those who wait to return to work …
those who have no work to return to …
for business owners who try to keep going …
for those who still live with fear …

In this time, known in the Church as Ordinary Time,
we give thanks for all the ordinary things
we have taken for granted.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘As for us, we shall see your face in righteousness;
when we awake and behold your likeness’ (Psalm 17: 16)

We pray those in need:

In our hearts, we name individuals, families, neighbours,
care homes, hospitals, voluntary groups …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
We remember, and give thanks for, the faithful departed …
including the Revd Canon Charles F Slagle …
We pray for the Casey and Byrne families
as they think about what should have been a special time …
may their families find comfort and support in the prayers of friends …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

As we learn to live with Covid-19,
we pray for its continuing suppression in our communities,
and we pray in these words in this diocese throughout this month:

Lord God, from whom all health and healing flows,
we give you thanks for the present low level
of Covid-19 infection in Ireland.

May your Holy Spirit inspire public health officials
to give sound advice,
guide our government to make wise decisions,
and show us all how to behave for the common good,
so that infection rates do not increase again
as our country reopens.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick, and Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry, on Sunday 2 August 2020 (Trinity VIII)

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