Sunday, 22 November 2020

Sunday intercessions on
22 November 2020,
the Kingship of Christ

Christ the King in the central tympanum of Saint Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

Let us pray:

‘O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth.’
Let us ‘enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise’ (Psalm 100: 1, 3):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the rulers and nations of the world,
so that the values of the kingdom are reflected
in their search for justice, mercy and peace.

We pray for all nations torn and divided by war and strife today,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
and all who defend democracy and human rights.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
when you come in your glory,
seated on the throne of glory (Matthew 25: 31):

we pray that you may find that the Church
saw you hungry and gave you food,
thirsty and gave you something to drink,
a stranger and welcomed you,
naked and gave you clothing,
sick or in prison and visited you (Matthew 25: 37-39).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Church of Bermuda
and the Right Revd Nicholas Dill, Bishop of Bermuda.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross,
for Bishop Paul Colton,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

We pray for our bishop, Kenneth,
and for his ministry, mission and witness …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for those in these dioceses engaged in
communications and information technology.

We pray for our own parishes and people and for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

We pray that God the Father of glory
may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation
so that we come to know Christ when he comes in glory
(Ephesians 1: 17):

We give thanks for new life …
We pray for those in need and those who seek healing …
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 …

Sylvia … Alan … Margaret … Lorraine …
Ajay… Ena … Eileen … Simon … Ralph …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …
and we pray for those who pray for us …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …

We remember and give thanks those who have died …
may their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer for Racial Justice and Equality
from the resources on Taking the Knee,
prepared for use in the Church of Ireland:

Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognise and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbour. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.

We acknowledge and lament the conscious and unconscious racism encountered by many black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in our churches and society.

Give us the courage to stand unequivocally for justice, and for truth. Help us to dismantle racist agendas and to transform unjust structures. Help us to love you with all our heart, soul, and minds. Help us to love one another as you commanded us to do. Help us to treat each other as we would have others treat us. Help us together to find lasting solutions to end injustice and inequality in our world. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Merciful Father …

The Hebrew inscription at the entrance to the Stadttempel, Vienna’s main synagogue, reads: ‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise’ (Psalm 100: 4) (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 22 November 2020.

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