15 November 2020

Sunday intercessions on
15 November 2020,
Second Sunday before Advent

The Parable of the Talents … a stained-glass window in Saint Michael’s Church, Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘To you I lift up my eyes, to you
that are enthroned in the heavens’ (Psalm 123: 1):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the rulers and nations of the world,
that they may pursue justice, mercy and peace.

We pray for all nations torn and divided by war and strife today,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
and all who defend democracy and human rights.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us,
so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with you
(I Thessalonians 5: 9-10):

We pray for the Church throughout the world,
that we may be a foretaste of the peaceable kingdom.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Church of Ceylon,
the Right Revd Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo,
and the Right Revd Keerthisiri Fernando, Bishop of Kurunegala.

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 …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for the Adare and Kilmallock Group of parishes,
Canon Liz Beasley,
and the people of Saint Nicholas’ Church, Adare,
Croom Church,
Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Kilmallock,
and Saint Beacon’s Church, Kilpeacon.

We pray for our own parishes and people and for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
We pray that we do well,
be trustworthy, and enter into the joy of our master
(Matthew 25: 23):

We give thanks for new life …
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… Ena … Eileen …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …
and we pray for those who pray for us …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
the Poyntz, Armstrong, Kearon and Redmond families …

We remember and give thanks those who have died …
may their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer for today in the prayer diary
of the Anglican mission agency USPG
(United Society Partners in the Gospel):

Loving God,
May our treasures always be in heavenly things.
Help us to always be considerate of those less fortunate,
and deliver us from materialism. Amen.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 15 November 2020.

‘To you I lift up my eyes’ (Psalm 123: 1) … the London Eye at night (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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