14 March 2021

Sunday intercessions on
14 March 2021,
Fourth Sunday in Lent,
Mothering Sunday

‘The Women’ … Station 8 in the Chapel at Saint John’s Hospital, Lichfield, Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father,
on Mothering Sunday, on Mother’s Day,
we pray for mother earth,
and for all mother nations.

We pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
including women campaigners, women in the police,
women in the courts,
women in jail for speaking out.
We pray 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,
praying this morning for the mothers and the women
protesting in Myanmar
and languishing in prison in Saudi Arabia, China, Hong Kong, and many other countries …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for Mother Church,
that we may love one another and nurture one another,
as faithful parents, siblings and children.

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 taking part in the diocesan Lenten study course
on Anglican mission on Tuesday evenings.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for la Iglesia Anglicana de Chile,
the Anglican Church in Chile, and
and the Most Revd Hector Zavala, Primate and Bishop of Santiago.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe
and Bishop Andrew Forster.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Ballisodare Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Achonry,
their priest, the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Ison,
and the congregations of Holy Trinity Church, Ballisodare,
Saint Paul’s Church, Collooney, and Emlaghfad Church, Ballymote.

And we pray in the diocese for all who work in Communications.

We pray for our own parishes and people,
for our schools as they gradually reopen,
and we pray for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
on Mothering Sunday,
we give thanks for the love of mothers and all who have nurtured us,
and we pray that we may share that love
with all we meet.

We pray for women who never had the children they yearned for and would have loved,
for those who never known the love of a mother,
for mothers living with children
with special needs, mental illness and challenging behaviour,
for mothers who lost their children
through illness, addiction, suicide, war, strife and injustice …

We pray for women who are the victims of
domestic abuse, violence, and mysogyny
for the women who are beaten and violated.

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 …

Una … 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 give thanks for those who have been mother figures to us in many, diverse ways …

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 Christine, Mark and Peter and their families …
for Anne, Pete and their families …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Linda Smyth … Eileen …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
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 Fourth Sunday in Lent:

Loving and merciful God, you have made us in your image,
and each of us is precious in your sight.
Help us to see your face in everyone we meet,
and to work for inclusion and the empowerment of all.

Merciful Father …

‘Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene’ (John 19: 5) … ‘Crucifixion with figures’ (1952-1958) by Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), chalk, ink and wash, in a recent exhibition in Lichfield Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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