Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday intercessions
on Mothering Sunday

‘How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings’ (Matthew 23: 37) … a painting once hanging in Gray’s Guesthouse at Dugort, Achill Island (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use this morning at Morning Prayer in Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Co Limerick, and the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2) in Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Co Limerick, but the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 or Corona Virus pandemic:

Let us pray on this Mothering Sunday:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father,
you tell us that as a woman never forgets her nursing child
or the child of her womb,
you will not forget us (Isaiah 49: 15):

We pray this morning for people living in fear …
in fear of the Corona virus …
in fear for their health …
in fear for their families …
in fear of what the future brings …
in fear of hunger and hatred …

We pray for people who people who are not at home …
for refugees and those who cannot return home …
for the homeless, and those in hostels and refugee camps …
for all in hospitals or who are isolated …
for families finding it difficult to work at home, to stay at home …

We pray for the nations of the world in this time of crisis,
for our own motherland …
for those bearing the responsibility of government …
for those working in frontline services …
and those who keep working on essential supply lines …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you remind us how
you desire to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings (Matthew 23: 37):

We pray for the Church,
that as the Church we may be faithful to the call
to be a mother Church,
gathering God’s children together,
caring for them and nurturing them.

We pray for churches that are closed this morning,
that the hearts of the people may remain open
to the love of God, and to the love of others.

In the Church of Ireland,
we pray for Bishop John McDowell,
who has been elected Archbishop of Armagh,
giving thanks for his recent visit to this group of parishes,
and we pray this month for
the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe and Bishop Andrew Forster.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth,
we pray for our neighbouring parishes
in Limerick, Adare and Tralee,
their parishioners and people,
their priests: Jim, Phyllis, Liz, Niall and Edna.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church in Hong Kong,
the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
and Archbishop Paul Kwong,
Archbishop of Hong Kong and Bishop of Hong Kong Island.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we give thanks for the love of the mothers who nurtured us,
and we pray that we may share that love
with all we meet along the way.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
the Psalms remind us to quieten our souls
like a weaned child with her or his mother
and to have hope in God forever (Psalm 131):

We pray for ourselves and for our needs,
for healing, restoration and health,
in body, mind and spirit.

We pray for the needs of one another,
for those who are alone and lonely …
for those who travel …
for those who are sick or in hospital …
Alan ... Margaret ... Ajay … Charles …
Brian ... Lorraine … James …
Rose … Niall … Linda ...
Joe … Deirdre …

We pray for those who grieve …
for those who remember loved ones …
May their memory be a blessing to us.

We pray for those who have broken hearts …
for those who live with disappointment …

We pray for all who are to be baptised,
We pray for all preparing to be married,
We pray for those who are about to die …

We pray for those who have asked for our prayers …
for those we have offered to pray for …

And we pray for ourselves …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer on this Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

Almighty God,
May your peace be upon all mothers today,
And help us to share your living water with all who thirst.

Merciful Father, …

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