01 May 2020

Praying in Easter with USPG:
20, Friday 1 May 2020

Saint James the Less with his ‘light sabre’ on the west façade of Lichfield Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Today is the Feast of Saint Philip and Saint James in the Calendar of the Church.

I am continuing to use the USPG Prayer Diary, Pray with the World Church, for my morning prayers and reflections throughout this Season of Easter. 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.

Throughout this week (26 to 2 May 2020), the USPG Prayer Diary is focussing on the Church of North India’s Year of Jubilee. This theme was introduced in the Prayer Diary on Sunday.

Friday 1 May 2020:

Let us pray for an end to modern-day slavery and all other unjust and exploitative work practices that exist in the world.

The Readings: Isaiah 30: 15-21; Psalm 119: 1-8; Ephesians 1: 3-10; John 14: 1-14.

The Collect of the Day (Saint Philip and Saint James):

Almighty Father,
whom truly to know is eternal life:
teach us to know your Son Jesus Christ
as the way, the truth, and the life;
that we may follow the steps of your holy apostles
Philip and James,
and walk steadfastly in the way that leads to your glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

The Post-Communion Prayer

Holy God,
in Jesus Christ we find the way to you.
May we, who have met him in this banquet,
be kept in your unending love,
and see you at work in your world,
through your Son, who is Lord for ever and ever.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

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