Sunday, 5 April 2020

Sunday intercessions
on Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday greenery and a Palm Cross on the front door of the Rectory (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

These intercessions were prepared for use this morning at the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2) in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, and Morning Prayer in Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry. However, the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 or Corona Virus pandemic:

Let us pray on this Palm Sunday:

Lord God, our Heavenly Father:

‘Come, O Lord, and save us we pray.
Come, Lord, send us now prosperity’ (Psalm 118: 25):

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 are not at home …
for refugees and those who cannot return home …
for the homeless, and those in hostels, direct provision, and refugee camps …
for all in hospitals or who are isolated …
for families finding it difficult to work at home, to stay at home …
to care for and school children at home …

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

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven (Matthew 21: 9):

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 this month for
the Diocese of Down and Dromore and Bishop David McClay.

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, and Niall,
that we may grow closer together
in mission, ministry and hospitality.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean,
for Archbishop James Richard Wong Yin Song, Bishop of the Seychelles,
for those who are disappointed
that the Lambeth Conference has been postponed.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the diocesan Safeguarding Trust co-ordinator, Margaret Brickenden,
Safeguarding trainers,
and members of the Safeguarding panels
in our parishes and diocesan organisations.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit:

He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries? …
It is the Lord God who helps me’ (Isaiah 50: 8-9):

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, at home or in hospital …
Alan ... Ajay … Charles …
Lorraine … James …
Niall … Linda ... Basil …

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 …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

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

Lord our God, help us to receive a fresh understanding
so that we do not always allow our past experiences to
become a hindrance for the restoration and change you
want to bring in and through us. Amen.

Merciful Father, …

Palm Sunday greenery and Palm Crosses in a window in the Rectory in Askeaton (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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