03 January 2021

Sunday intercessions on
3 January 2021,
Second Sunday of Christmas

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it’ (John 1: 4) … sunrise over the River Slaney at Ferrycarrig, Co Wexford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

Let us pray:

Wisdom says, ‘Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway’ (Sirach 24: 6):

Heavenly Father,
as we give thanks for the coming of Christ
at Christmas, into our lives, into the world …
We look forward to the promises of the Kingdom,
and we pray that Divine Wisdom may hold sway over all the earth,
and guide the rulers of the nations and every people.

We pray for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
for all who defend democracy and human rights,
for all who are working through this Covid crisis,
that they be filled with wisdom.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Wisdom ‘gave to holy people the reward of their labours; she guided them along a marvellous way’ (Wisdom 10: 17):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be guided along your marvellous ways.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria
and the Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis,
Archbishop of Alexandria and Bishop of Egypt.

In the Church of Ireland,
we pray this month for the Diocese of Armagh
and Archbishop John McDowell.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for the poor and the homeless,
that we may be moved to relieve their distress.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God’ (John 1: 12):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for ourselves, for one another as children of God,
for those we love and those who love us,
and we remember those who have brought love into our lives:

We give thanks for new life …
We pray for those in need and those who seek healing …
for those working for healing …
for those waiting for healing …
for those seeking an end to this Covid crisis …

We pray for those who are sick or isolated,
at home or in hospital …

Sylvia … Daphne … Declan …
Ajay … Ena … Eileen … George … Louise …
Ralph … Cait …

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 …
for Margaret, Nigel, Brian and their families …
we remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially Allan …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
including Kathy …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on the Second Sunday of Christmas:

Loving God,
May your grace shine upon us.
Give us a new revelation of your love
And help us be a light to the world.

Merciful Father …

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer prays this week for the new Church of the Province of Alexandria … Patrick Comerford with Archbishop Mouneer Anis at a recent USPG conference in High Leigh

These intercessions were prepared for use at the Parish Eucharist in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on the Second Sunday of Christmas, 3 January 2021

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