22 May 2024

Daily prayer in Ordinary Time 2024:
14, 22 May 2024

‘Let us give thanks for the great diversity of species that inhabit our planet’ … the Globe on a street corner beside Leicester Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2024)

Patrick Comerford

The 50-day season of Easter came to an end on Sunday with the Day of Pentecost (19 May 2024). The Church Calendar has returned to Ordinary Time, which continues until Advent, and the liturgical colour has returned to green.

This week, between the Day of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday next Sunday (26 May 2024), my morning reflections include the daily Gospel reading, the prayer in the USPG prayer diary, and the prayers in the Collects and Post-Communion Prayer of the day.

I am meeting an academic colleague from London later this morning to discuss a book he is researching, and I have a choir rehearsal in Stony Stratford later this evening. But, before this day begins, I am taking some quiet time this morning to give thanks, for reflection, prayer and reading in these ways:

1, today’s Gospel reading;

2, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary;

3, the Collects and Post-Communion prayer of the day.

A turtle swimming in the harbour in Rethymnon in Crete … today is International Day for Biological Diversity (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Mark 9: 38-40 (NRSVUE):

38 John said to him [Jesus], “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us.”

‘Let us give thanks for the great diversity of species that inhabit our planet’ … protected hatching nests of caretta caretta or loggerhead sea turtles clearly marked out on the beach at Platanias in Rethymnon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Today’s Prayers (Wednesday 22 May 2024):

The theme this week in ‘Pray With the World Church,’ the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), is ‘Pentecost Reflection.’ This theme was introduced on Sunday with a Reflection by the Revd Duncan Dormor, USPG General Secretary.

The USPG Prayer Diary today (22 May 2024, International Day for Biological Diversity) invites us to pray:

Let us give thanks for the great diversity of species that inhabit our planet. Bless our efforts to preserve God’s creation.

The Collect:

O Lord, from whom all good things come:
grant to us your humble servants,
that by your holy inspiration
we may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer:

Gracious God, lover of all,
in this sacrament
we are one family in Christ your Son,
one in the sharing of his body and blood
and one in the communion of his Spirit:
help us to grow in love for one another
and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ.
We make our prayer through your Son our Saviour.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

Gia the giant ‘mother’ gorilla welcomes the animals in Paternoster Square into the safety of her embrace … a sculpture by the artists Gillie and Marc (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2024)

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version, Updated Edition copyright © 2021, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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