08 March 2019

Praying through Lent with
USPG (3): 8 March 2019

‘Jesus falls the first time’ … Station III in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

Patrick Comerford

Lent began earlier this week on Ash Wednesday [6 March 2019].

During Lent this year, I am using the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections.

USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential, and champion justice. It was founded in 1701.

This week (3-9 March), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on India.

On Sunday [3 March 2019], the diary published an adapted article by the Right Revd Probal Dutta, who is Deputy Moderator of Church of North India, Bishop of Calcutta and the Moderator’s Commissary to the Diocese of Durgapur.

He spoke of the Church in India being a beacon for its people as it seeks to re-ignite its brilliance in mission in three ways:

The mission to social justice.

The mission to preach the word of God in regional languages and dialects.

The mission to witness.

Friday 8 March 2019:

Pray for Church leaders to have faith and courage in the face of difficulty, that they may find strength to suffer with Christ and be changed into his likeness.

The Lenten Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Continued tomorrow

Yesterday’s reflection

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