Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sunday intercessions on
18 April 2021, Easter III

‘They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence (Luke 24: 42-43) … the Ichthus symbol in a stained-glass window in Saint Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray:

‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors’ (Acts 3: 13), we come before you:

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the nations of the world,
for Ireland north and south,
for our President, Michael D Higgns, as he celebrates his 80th birthday,
for nations torn by war, strife and division.

We give thanks for all involved in the creative arts …
for all in the theatre, cinema and television …
for all who make music and write songs, authors of books and poetry …
for all who paint, sculpt and design …
for all who challenge, enliven and delight
our imaginations and our consciences …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Jesus … stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’ (Luke 24: 36):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be at peace with one another,
that we may listen to Scripture, Reason and Tradition,
that we may welcome the Risen Christ in word and sacrament.

We pray for our bishop Kenneth, our neighbouring churches and parishes
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in their variety and diversity.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Church of Ireland,
and the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland,
the Most Revd John McDowell.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Down and Dromore
and Bishop David McClay.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Limerick City Parish,
the Dean of Limerick, the Very Revd Niall Sloane,
the Dean’s Vicar, the Revd Bernie Daly,
and the congregations of Saint Mary’s Cathedral,
Saint Michael’s Church, Pery Square,
and Saint John and Saint Ailbe Church, Abington.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘We will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever’ (Micah 4: 5):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …
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 all in need and those who seek healing …
for all who work for healing …
for all who waiting for healing …
for all being vaccinated and those administering vaccinations …

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

Ann … Valerie … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay …
Joey … Ena … George … Louise …

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 Jimmy, Cian, Fiachra and Saedhbh,
Joey, Kenneth, Victor, and their families …
Louie, Trevor, David, and their families …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Una Kerr … Val Tomkins … Linda Smyth … Nora Hawkes …
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 Third Sunday of Easter:

Risen Christ,
open our heart to the stranger.
May we recognise that we are all made in your image,
and let us work together to protect the planet we share.

Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Saint John and Saint Ailbe Church, Abington, Co Limerick … named in this morning’s intercessions (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on the Third Sunday of Easter, Sunday 18 April 2021



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