28 February 2021

Sunday intercessions on
28 February 2021,
Second Sunday in Lent

‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’ (Mark 8: 34) … the cross above the beach in Laytown, Co Meath (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall bow before him’ (Psalm 22: 27):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for all the ends of the earth,
and for all the families of the nations.

We pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
including the Gardai and our courts,
for all who stand against racism, prejudice and oppression,
for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
that in all their work they may be guided by love.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you call us to deny themselves,
take up the cross and follow you (Mark 8: 34).

We pray for the Church,
that we may truly follow you
and live for the sake of the Gospel.

We pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes
in Co Limerick and Co Kerry,
that we may be blessed in their variety and diversity.

We pray for all taking part in the diocesan Lenten study course
on Anglican mission on Tuesday evenings.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for la Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America,
the Anglican church in Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama,
and the Primate, the Most Revd Julio Murray Thompson.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Clogher,
and the bishop-elect, the Revd Canon Dr Ian Ellis.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for those in local nursing homes,
their carers and support staff.

We pray for our own parishes and people,
for our schools as they prepare to reopen,
and we pray for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
we give thanks for the everlasting covenant
throughout the generations (see Genesis 17: 7):

we pray those we love and those who love us,
we pray for family, friends and neighbours,
and we pray for those we promised to pray for.

We pray for those in need and those who seek healing …
for those working for healing …
for those waiting for healing …
for those seeking an end to this Covid crisis …

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

Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Gerry …
Ena … George … Louise … 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 …
for Joey, Kenneth, Victor, and their families …
for Pat and Daphne and their families …
for Christine, Mark and Peter and their families …
for Anne, Pete and their families …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Linda Smyth … Eileen …
Pete Culley … Michael Jennings-Bates …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
including Kevin and Bridget … Kathy …
Maurice and Pamela … Ewart Jones …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on this Sunday:

Almighty and loving God,
may your constant peace abound in our hearts.
Help us, that we may commit to being agents of your peace
throughout the world.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Second Sunday in Lent, 28 February 2021, in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

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