29 November 2020

Sunday intercessions on
29 November 2020,
Advent Sunday

‘Lo! he comes with clouds descending’ (Hymn 132) … sunset at the Rectory in Askeaton last week (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

Let us pray:

‘O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand’ (Isaiah 64: 8):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the rulers and nations of the world,
so that they seek the values of your coming kingdom,
where your priorities are 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,
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but your words will not pass away (Mark 13: 31):

We pray that when you come,
even though we know not the day nor the hour (Mark 13: 22),
you may find your Church alert and awake (Mark 13: 32, 35).

We pray for the General Synod of the Church of Ireland,
which meets on-line this week.

In the Church of Ireland,
we give thanks for 30 years of women in ordained ministry,
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 growth, unity, and service in
the future united dioceses of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe.

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Lusitanian Church in Portugal,
and the Right Revd Jorge Pina Cabral, Bishop of the Lusitanian Church.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
show us the light of God’s countenance,
that we shall be saved (Psalm 80: 4, 8, 20):

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

We pray for those who are sick or isolated,
at home or in hospital …

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

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 from the Mothers’ Union for use during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence:

Loving Lord,
your care and love are ever present in our lives.
We pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world
who live in situations of abuse and violence.

Give them hope in their hopelessness;
help them find strength in their weakness;
grant them freedom from their oppression;
transform their brokenness into wholeness;
and heal their wounds, visible and invisible.

Grant us all the courage and wisdom, grace and humility,
to act at all times with compassion and care.
And grant all who are harmed by abuse or coercion, peace through justice.
This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.

Merciful Father …

The Advent Wreath on the First Sunday of Advent (Purple Candle):

The prayers at the Advent Wreath on Advent Sunday helps us to continue our themes last Sunday [22 November 2020], which marked the Kingship of Christ and which we marked in these dioceses as Mission Sunday.

The first candle to light on the Advent Wreath on the First Sunday of Advent is the Purple Candle that recalls the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) suggests this prayer for lighting the first candle on the Advent Wreath:

O God of Abraham and Sarai,
whose promise was fulfilled in the birth of Isaac;
we pray for mothers in Tanzania whose hope for their unborn
children is tainted by the threat of preventable disease.
Bless those who work to overcome this threat
so that children can be born healthy and full of potential.

Lighting the first candle on the Advent Wreath in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, last year … the first purple candle recalls the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Photograph: Barbara Comerford, 2019)

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