Sunday, 13 February 2022

Sunday intercessions, 13 February 2022,
the Third Sunday before Lent

The reliquary with the remains of Saint Valentine in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar Street, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God’ (Luke 6: 20):

Heavenly Father,
we pray that your love fills the nations and kingdoms of the world
and that your love spreads throughout our land …
that all may know God’s love and God’s blessing.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled’ (Luke 6: 21):

We pray for the Church,
that we may hunger for the love of God
and be filled with it so that we share it with all.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Clogher and Bishop Ian Ellis …

We pray too for the Diocese of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe,
and the new bishop, Bishop Michael Burrows …

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for for Tuam Group of parishes and for Dean Alistair Grimason.

In our community,
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.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘Blessed are you who weep now’ (Luke 6: 21):

Holy Spirit, help us to share God’s love with all who suffer …

We pray for all who are sick or isolated,
at home, in hospital …

We pray for all who feel pain and loss …
We pray for all we love and all who love us …
We pray for our families, friends and neighbours …

We remember all who have died recently …
and all whose anniversaries are at this time,
including Kevin Doyle, Lynda Smith, Maurice and Pamela Hewson …

May their memories be a blessing to us.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Prayer today (13 February 2022, the Third Sunday before Lent) in the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) invites us to pray:

Redeemer God,
may we share your blessings
with the marginalised,
the disenfranchised and the oppressed.

Merciful Father …

Italian romance … locks secured to fencing along the Via d’Amore in the Cinque Terre in Italy (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

‘Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?’ … Juliet’s balcony in Verona (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Hearts and gifts for Saint Valentine’s Day in a shopfront in Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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