21 March 2021
Sunday intercessions on
21 March 2021,
Fifth Sunday in Lent,
Let us pray:
‘Now is the judgement of this world’ (John 12:31):
on Passion Sunday,
we give thanks for all who are driven by passion,
to love this earth, to seek justice and
to bring about change where it is needed.
We pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
including those in our police, and in our courts,
all who stand against racism, prejudice and oppression,
for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers …
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.
‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’ (John 12: 21):
Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may love one another and nurture one another,
and have passion for ministering the Sacraments and preaching 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 the Church of England, and
and the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe
and Bishop Andrew Forster.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Kilcolman Union of parishes,
the Revd Isabel Stuart, the Revd Ann-Marie Keegan,
and the congregations of Saint Michael’s Church, Killorglin,
and Saint Carthage’s Church, Castlemaine.
We pray too for local churches of other traditions,
their priests and ministers and their congregations.
We pray for our own parishes and people,
for our schools as they gradually reopen,
for our select vestries as they meet this week,
and we pray for ourselves …
Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.
‘Make me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me’ (Psalm 51: 11):
we pray for one another and for ourselves,
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 Sarah and Brian …
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 …
Una … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay …
Ena … George … Louise …
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 …
We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Linda Smyth … Eileen …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
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 the Fifth Sunday in Lent:
God of justice and peace,
You have made us equal and we are precious in your sight.
Help us to pray and work without ceasing
for a world free of racism, prejudice, and oppression.
Merciful Father …
‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’ … a carving of Saint Philip on the pulpit in Saint Philip’s Church, Leicester (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)
These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 21 March 2021, the Fifth Sunday in Lent