07 March 2021

Sunday intercessions on
7 March 2021,
Third Sunday in Lent

‘Christ driving the Traders from the Temple,’ by El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos, 1541-1614), The National Gallery, London (ca 1600)

Let us pray:

‘The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork’ (Psalm 19: 1):

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,
including Pope Francis on his visit to Iraq,
that in all their work they may be guided by love.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘They believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken’ (John 2: 22).

Lord Jesus Christ,
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 the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane du Congo,
the Anglican church in Congo,
and the Archbishop of the Congo and Bishop of Kindu,
the Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda.

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 terminally ill
and those who love and care for them.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘The testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple’ (Psalm 19: 7):

Holy Spirit,
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 …

Una … 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 the Third Sunday in Lent:

Loving God, you heal the broken-hearted
and comfort the bereaved.
May all who bear the scars of Earthquakes and tsunamis
experience your comfort and healing.

Merciful Father …

The Ten Commandments on the ‘parochet’ or curtain on the Ark in a synagogue in Kraków (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the Third Sunday in Lent, 7 March 2021, in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

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