16 August 2020

Sunday intercessions on
16 August 2020 (Trinity X)

She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table’ (Matthew 15: 27) (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘The Lord has promised his blessing:
even life for evermore’ (Psalm 133: 5).

We pray for the universal Church of God;

We pray for the bishops of the Church of Ireland
and the staff of the diocese and the Representative Church Body,
who have continued to work throughout this crisis.

We pray for our own bishop, Kenneth.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church
and the Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus and Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough,
for Archbishop Michael Jackson,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Shinrone Group of Parishes,
the Revd Charles McCarthy,
and the congregations of Saint Mary’s Shinrone, Aghancon, Saint Finnian’s, Kinnity, and Dunkerrin.

We give thanks for and pray for your blessings on
the work of the Easter Vestries and Select Vestries in this group of parishes.

We give thanks for the ministry and faithful witness of
Archdeacon Wayne Carney
whose funeral took place yesterday in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Behold how good and pleasant it is
to dwell together in unity’ (Psalm 133: 1)

We pray for the nations of the world:

We pray for our own government and all governments
that have tried to find ways of dealing with this crisis,
thanking God for the blessings
of wise decision makers and advisers …

We pray for the people of Beirut and Lebanon …
the people of Tyre and Sidon …
the people of the Middle East …

We pray for the local community:

We give thanks for frontline workers,
essential services that have kept working …
for our schools … the gardai …
for community volunteers who keep in touch with the housebound …
for those who return to work … those who wait to return to work …
those who have no work to return to …
for business owners who try to keep going …
for those who work in difficult or oppressive working conditions …
for those who still live with fear …
for the people of Kildare, Laois and Offaly …

In this time, known in the Church as Ordinary Time,
we give thanks for all the ordinary things
we have taken for granted.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

She came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me’ (Matthew 15: 25)

We pray for those in need:

In our hearts, we name individuals, families, neighbours,
care homes, hospitals, voluntary groups …

We pray for those who are sick or isolated, at home or in hospital …
Brian … Alan … Lorraine …
We pray for those we have offered to pray for …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
We remember, and give thanks for, the faithful departed …
including Wayne Carney …
may their families find comfort and support in the prayers of friends …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer for this week in the Prayer Diary of
the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel):

Lord God of wilderness, wave and wind,
you travel with wanderers of the world.
Stay close, we pray to all who live with loss,
in terror and adrift,
and spur us on to build a world where
there is truly room for all. Amen.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick, and Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry, on Sunday 16 August 2020 (Trinity X)

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