13 March 2020

Praying through Lent with
USPG (17): 13 March 2020

A memorial in the Jewish Quarter in Kraków to Jan Karski (1914-2000), a Polish diplomat who tried to stop the Holocaust (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Later this evening, I was expecting to preach at the installation of the Very Revd Rod Smyth, Rector of Nenagh, Co Tipperary, as Dean and the Revd Paul Fitzpatrick as Dean’s Vicar of Saint Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, Co Clare, where I am the Canon Precentor. However, this has been cancelled due to the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19, the Corona virus pandemic, and the formalities are being completed in private.

During Lent this year, I am using the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of the Holocaust, so I am illustrating my reflections each morning with images that emphasise this theme.

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.

Sunday was International Women’s Day, and this week (8-14 March) the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on women’s rights and gender-based violence.

On Sunday [8 March 2020], the USPG Prayer Diary published ‘Thoughts on International Women’s Day’ by Yvonne Barrow of the Human Rights and Social Justice Commission in the Diocese of Guyana.

Friday 13 March 2020:

Pray for all the projects USPG supports concerning women’s health, e.g. the Anglican Church of Tanzania’s Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Programme.

Readings: Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13, 17-28; Psalm 105: 16-20; Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46.

The Collect of the Day:

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
Grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things
as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

Killaloe, Co Clare, and Saint Flannan’s Cathedral (right) … I was invited to preach at the installation of the Very Revd Rod Smyth as Dean this evening (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Continued tomorrow

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