Sunday, 24 October 2021

Sunday intercessions, 24 October 2021,
the Fifth Sunday before Advent

The citadel and mediaeval gate in the city walls of Limerick … Bartimaeus is begging outside the gate and walls of Jericho (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

Job said, ‘I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you’ (Job 42: 5):

Heavenly Father,
Listen to our prayers for the world,
for those nations where rulers and leaders hold onto power
through violence, coercion and subjugation,
for people who wait in hope for signs of the Kingdom of God,
for all who seek mercy, peace and justice.

We pray for all who face discrimination …
who are denied equal opportunities …
who are denied access to public services …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Bartimaeus said, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! … Son of David, have mercy on me!’ (Mark 10: 47-48):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we see and proclaim who you are …

In the Church, we are in communion with the saints
who have served Christ, the Church and the world,
including this week Saint Simon and Saint Jude on Thursday (28 October).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Bishop Kenneth Kearon and Bishop Patrick Rooke
as they prepare to retire on 31 October,
when our dioceses will be united as the Diocese of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe,
and we give thanks for their ministry.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory,
and for Bishop Michael Burrows.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Extra-Provincial Churches,
including the Anglican Churches in
Spain, Portugal, Bermuda, Sri Lanka and the Fakland Islands.

In our community,
we pray for our schools,
we pray for our parishes and people …
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

And we pray for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

The Psalmist says, ‘The Lord ransoms the life of his servants and will condemn none who seek refuge in him’ (Psalm 34: 22):

Holy Spirit, we pray for one another …

We remember Kenneth Smyth, who was buried last week,
we pray for those who grieve and mourn …
those who feel pain and loss …
those who are bewildered and without answers …
including Caroline, Victor and Gillian …
We remember Linda and Joe too …
May their memories be a blessing.

We pray for those we love and those who love us …
we pray for our families, friends and neighbours …

We pray for all who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and who seek healing …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …

We pray for all who are sick or isolated,
at home, in hospital …
Ruby … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Cecil … Pat …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The prayer in the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel, invites us to pray today:

‘I saw a great multitude that none could number,
From every nation and tribe and people and tongue.’
Lamb of God,
From your throne you reign over the peoples of the world.
on this Sunday, may we draw strength from the Bible’s story
of Babel’s division becoming a single shout of worship.

Merciful Father …

‘Look upon him and be radiant and your faces shall not be ashamed’ (Psalm 34: 5) … street art in Brick Lane in London’s East End (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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