Sunday, 6 September 2020

Sunday intercessions on
6 September 2020 (Trinity XIII)

Rathkeale No 2 National School … ‘we pray for children in our dioceses starting a new school year, that they may be safe, happy and grow in learning’ (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

‘O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful’ (Psalm 149: 1):

Let us pray:

‘The Lord has pleasure in his people
and adorns the poor with salvation’ (Psalm 149: 4)

We pray for the nations of the world:

We pray for our own government and all governments
we pray for all dealing with this Covid-19 crisis,
and we thank God for the blessings
of wise decision makers and advisers …

We pray for the people of Beirut and Lebanon …
the people of the Middle East …

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 …
for parents and carers of people with special needs …
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 work in difficult or oppressive working conditions …
for those who still live with fear …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for children in our dioceses starting a new school year,
that they may be safe, happy and grow in learning.

In this time the Church calls Ordinary Time,
we continue to give thanks for all the ordinary things
that in the past we have taken for granted.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them’ (Matthew 18: 20).

We pray for the universal Church of God …

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa,
and for the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba,
Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa.

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

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Meath and Kildare,
for Bishop Pat Storey,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

We pray for our bishop, Kenneth,
and for his ministry, mission and witness …
for the Revd Bernie Daly, who is introduced this morning
as Dean’s Vicar in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

The Lord said: ‘I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you … This day shall be a day of remembrance for you’
(Exodus 12: 13-14)

We remember and pray for those in need:

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

We pray for those who are sick or isolated,
at home or in hospital …
Alan … Margaret … Lorraine … Ajay…
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 …
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.

A prayer for today in the Prayer Diary of
the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel):

Lord Jesus, you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety,
give us strength to comfort the fearful,
to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love. Amen.

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 6 September 2020 (Trinity XIII)

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