Sunday, 21 November 2021

Sunday intercessions, 21 November 2021,
the Sunday before Advent,
the Kingship of Christ

Christ the King … a carving on a family grave in the cemetery in the Lido of Venice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Let us pray:


‘One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning’ (II Samuel 23: 3-4):

Heavenly Father,
Listen to our prayers for the world,
that those who rule and govern the nations of the world
may do so not through violence, coercion and subjugation,
but with mercy, peace and justice.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him’ (Revelation 1: 7):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may eagerly await your coming among us …

In our diocese we pray this morning for
the members of the Episcopal Electoral College,
that they may be guided wisely and think prayerfully
in their choice of a new bishop for this diocese.

We pray this morning for the Adare and Kilmallock Group of Parishes,
for their Rector, Canon Liz Beasley,
and the congregations of Saint Nicholas’ Church, Adare, Croom Church,
Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Kilmallock, and Saint Beacon, Kilpeacon.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
and for Bishop Paul Colton.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Church of Bangladesh,
and the Primate, Bishop Samuel Mankhin.

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.

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ (Revelation 1: 8):

Holy Spirit, we pray for one another …

We pray this morning for all in our dioceses who have been bereaved in the last year,
that the Lord may comfort them.

Throughout November in this group of parishes,
we remember with thanks all who have died in the past year,

including: Alan Fitzell; Arthur Gilliard; Ena Downes; Gill Killick; Joe Smyth; Kenneth Smyth; Linda Smyth;

We remember those who are remembered and mourned by parishioners this month, including:

Jack and Eileen Ryall …
Jack Shorten …
Marian Locke …
Lil Gilliard …
Alan’s sister Hazel …
Brendan Quinlan …
William, Kathleen and Dorothy …
Robert and Lynda Gardiner …
Kathy Casey-Byrne …
Mary Cagney (nee Shanahan) …

May their memories be a blessing to us.

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

We pray for those who feel pain and loss …
for those who are bewildered and without answers …
for those we love and those who love us …
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 …
and we pray for one another and for ourselves …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary for Sunday:

‘The Lord is King, he is robed in majesty.’
King of kings,
We wonder in Your majesty.
May we worship You
For evermore.

Merciful Father …

The large sculpture of Christ the King by John Maguire above the entrance to the Church of Christ the King in Turner’s Cross, Cork (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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