08 November 2020

Sunday intercessions on
8 November 2020,
Third Sunday before Advent,
Remembrance Sunday

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, designed by Sir Edward Lutyens (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

Let us pray:

‘The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey’ (Joshua 24: 24):

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,
we bring before you the people
of the Middle East, including, Syria, Yemen and Iraq,
the people of Israel and Palestine,
the people of Afghanistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan,
for all who are caught up in and victims of
violence, war and oppression …
and we pray for all peacemakers,
and all who defend democracy and human rights.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may we always be ready for the banquet,
for we ‘know neither the day nor the hour’ (Matthew 25:12):
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 in the Province of the West Indies
and the Most Revd Howard Gregory,
Primate and Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

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 Killarney and Aghadoe Union of Parishes,
Archdeacon Simon Lumby, and the people of
Saint Mary’s Church, Killarney, and Holy Trinity Church, Muckross.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
May we keep in mind that day when the Lord ‘will descend from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first’ (I Thessalonians 4: 16):

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 those from these parishes who died in wars and who are named on memorials in our parishes …
we remember the dead in our own families and among friends …
we give thanks for all who have served abroad
with Irish peacekeeping missions …
including nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba massacre 60 years ago on this day, 8 November 1960 …
may their memories be a blessing to us …

They shall grow not old
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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,
as we remember those lost to war
may we be instruments of your peace
and a support to those they have left behind. Amen.

And a prayer on Remembrance Sunday in Common Worship

Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 8 November 2020.

‘Their name liveth for evermore’ … the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, designed by Sir Edward Lutyens (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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