Sunday, 1 November 2020

Sunday intercessions on
1 November 2020,
All Saints’ Day

Christ and the Saints depicted in a dome in Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Heavenly Father,
we give thanks for the saints in the world today,
often hidden and unseen, mocked and ignored,
the meek who witness to your kingdom
in their struggle for justice, mercy and peace,
and for the integrity of your creation.

We pray for all who are voting in the United States,
we pray for governments making difficult and demanding decisions,
for the people of Greece and Turkey, residents and refugees,
suffering from the earthquake this past week,
for all working in hospitals, schools and public health.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for your saints in the Church today,
seeking your presence among us in word and sacrament.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Church of the Province of West Africa
and Most Revd Dr Jonathan Bau-Bau Bonaparte Hart,
Primate and Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Bishop of Liberia.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross,
for Bishop Paul Colton,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

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

We pray for all parishes,
struggling to find new and meaningful new ways
of bring part of the Communion of Saints in these trying days.

We pray for the churches in Nice, their priests and people,
suffering after the attacks in the past week …
Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
we give thanks for the Communion of Saints,
past, present and future,
many forgotten and without name:
the glorious company of Apostles,
the godly fellowship of the prophets,
the noble army of martyrs,
the great multitude and countless number,
from every nation, tribe and people …

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 …

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

In the diocesan cycle of prayer,
we pray this month for the bereaved within the dioceses,
that they may find comfort.

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
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.

We give you thanks
for the whole company of saints
with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises:

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on All Saints’ Day, Sunday 1 November 2020.

‘The Holy Church throughout the World doth acknowledge thee’ … the Canticle ‘Te Deum’ depicted in the World War II memorial window by Gerald Smith in Saint Editha’s Church, Tamworth (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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