21 February 2021

Sunday intercessions on
21 February 2021,
First Sunday in Lent

‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations’ (Genesis 9: 12)

Let us pray:

‘I will remember my covenant that is between me and you
and every living creature of all flesh’ (Genesis 9: 15):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the world,
and for the earth, for all nations, for all people, and for every living creature.

We pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
for all who stand against racism, prejudice and oppression,
for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
that in all their work they may be guided by love.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘A voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased’ (Mark 1: 11):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may reflect your light in the world,
and see others as your image and likeness.

We pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes
in Co Limerick and Co Kerry,
that we may be blessed in their variety and diversity.

We pray for all preparing for the diocesan Lenten study course
on Anglican mission,
beginning on Tuesday evening.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for The Church of the Province of Central Africa.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Clogher,
and the bishop-elect, the Revd Canon Dr Ian Ellis.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Killaloe and Stradbally Union of Parishes,
the Dean of Killaloe, the Very Revd Rod Smyth,
the Dean’s Vicar, the Revd Paul Fitzpatrick, the Revd Lucy Green,
and the congregations of Saint Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe,
All Saints’ Church, Castleconnell,
Saint Senan’s Church, Clonlara, Saint Caimin’s Church, Mountshannon,
and Saint Cronan’s Tuamgraney.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting’ (Psalm 25: 5):

Holy Spirit,
we pray those we love and those who love us,
we pray for family, friends and neighbours,
and we pray for those we promised to pray for.

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 …

Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Gerry …
Ena … George … Louise … Ralph …

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 Joey, Kenneth, Victor, and their families …
for Pat and Daphne and their families …
for Anne, Pete and their families …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Linda Smyth … Eileen … Pete Culley … Dr Emer Holohan …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
including Kevin and Bridget … Kathy … Maurice and Pamela …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on this Sunday draws on Arabic hymn:

Oh, God of peace and safety,
pour your peace on us.
Oh, God, of peace,
grant peace in our hearts.

Merciful Father …

Saint Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe … named in this morning’s prayers (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on the First Sunday in Lent, 21 February 2021 in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

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