18 October 2020

Sunday intercessions on
18 October 2020 (Trinity XIX)

Saint Luke the Evangelist and Physician … a stained-glass window in Saint Michael’s Church, Tipperary (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the rulers of the world,
that they may follow in the ways of truth and without showing deference,
that they may pursue justice, mercy and peace.

We pray for all who vote at this time in the United States,
we pray for governments making difficult and demanding decisions,
for the members of Nephet,
the National Public Health and Emergency Team,
for those in hospitals, schools and public health,
that they may work for the many and not just the few.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that we meet you in word and sacrament,
and that we may see you in the face of others.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Episcopal Church
and the Presiding Bishop, the Most Revd Michael Curry.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory,
for Bishop Michael Burrows,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

We pray for our bishop, Kenneth,
and for his ministry, mission and witness …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for the Tralee and Dingle Unions of parishes,
Canon Jim Stephens,
and the congregations of Saint John’s Tralee, Saint Brendan’s Killiney, Saint James’s, Dingle, and Ballymacelligott, Ballyseedy and Kilgobbin churches.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
We pray that we may willingly give to God the things that are God’s:

We give thanks for new life …
for Simon Michael Foley …
for his parents, sister, and grandparents …

On Saint Luke’s Day,
we pray for those in need and those who seek healing:

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 …

Alan … Margaret … Lorraine …
Ajay… Joey … Ena … Trixie …
Eileen … Niall …
We pray for those we have offered to pray for …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
Liz and Kirk Beasley and their families …
the families of Margaret Glynn … Sylvia Mitchell …
Bertha Marsh … Canon Marie Rowley-Brooks …
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 today adapted from the prayer diary
of the Anglican mission agency USPG
(United Society Partners in the Gospel):

Christ the hope of glory, our praise is in the Gospel.
Help us to proclaim in word and deed
the wholesome medicine of the Gospel
with love and power to heal, in the name of Christ. Amen.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 18 October 2020.

Saint Luke the Evangelist … a sculpture in Saint Ailbe’s Church, Emly, Co Tipperary (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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