11 April 2021

Sunday intercessions on
11 April 2021, Easter II (Low Sunday)

An icon of Saint Thomas in Saint Columba House retreat centre in Woking (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray:

Let peace be with us (John 20: 19, 21, 26):

Heavenly Father,
let the peace of the Risen Christ be with us,
in times of grief and of rejoicing,
in times of rejection and welcome,
in times of defeat and triumph.

We pray for the nations of the world,
for Ireland north and south,
for the Taoiseach and Tanaiste,
the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

We pray for nations torn by war, strife and division,
we pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
for all who stand against racism, prejudice and oppression,
and we pray for all peacemakers …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them’ (John 20: 22):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be a forgiving and forgiven people,
that we may welcome the Risen Christ in word and sacrament.

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

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean,
and the Archbishop and Primate, James Wong, Bishop of the Seychelles.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Down and Dromore
and Bishop David McClay.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Aughaval Union of parishes in the Diocese of Tuam,
their priests, Canon Jennifer McWhirter and the Revd Maebh O’Herlihy,
and the congregations of
Holy Trinity Church, Westport,
Christ Church, Castlebar,
Saint Thomas’s Church, Dugort, and Turlough Church.

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

We pray too for those who doubt and question …
and give thanks for the ways they challenge us …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20: 22):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …
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 … Valerie … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay …
Joey … Ena … George … Louise …

We pray for people who are lonely this Easter,
without their families around them …

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 …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Linda Smyth … Nora Hawkes …
for Sidney Laing, Alan Shaw and Norman Lynas,
faithful priests who have died in recent weeks …
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 Second Sunday of Easter:

Good and generous God, we thank you
for bestowing on us the constant gifts of your love.
You care for us all. Forgive us we pray for those times
we have not cared for your people as we should.

Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Saint Thomas’s Church, Dugort, Achill Island … in this week’s diocesan cycle of prayer (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on the Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday 11 April 2021

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