Sunday, 2 May 2021

Sunday intercessions on
2 May 2021, Easter V

‘I am the vine, you are the branches’ (John 15: 5) … an icon of the True Vine in the parish church in Piskopianó in the mountains east of Iraklion in Crete (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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

Let us pray:

‘My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples’ (John 15: 8):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the nations of the world,
and for our own country Ireland, north and south.

We give thanks for all who are involved in responding to the present pandemic crisis …
for all in vaccination centres, in health centres and in medical practices …
for all volunteers, medical professionals and administrators …
for all who make decisions and seek to influence public opinion for the good …
for all who hold out hope and promise for our future …
and we pray too for the people of India in their suffering …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Abide in me as I abide in you’ (John 15: 4):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may always abide in you as you abide in us,
and bear much fruit as your disciples.

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 Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East,
Archbishop Michael Lewis, Primate and Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf,
Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem, who is to be installed on Ascension Day (13 May),
and Archbishop Suheil Dawani, who retired this weekend.

We pray for all involved in Christian Aid Week (10 to 16 May).

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Conor
and Bishop George Davison.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the General Synod,
and its members from our diocese.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them’ (I John 4: 16):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …
we pray for 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 who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and those who seek healing …
for all who work for healing …
for all waiting for healing …
for all tking part in Darkness into Light next Saturday (8 May) …

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 Ruby and the Shorten family …
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 Walter Long … Ernest Gardiner … Una Kerr …
Val Tomkins … Linda Smyth … Nora Hawkes …

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 Fifth Sunday of Easter:

Creator God,
help us abide in you,
as you abide in us.
Let us learn from each other,
and from you.

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

‘Fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink’ … grapes ripening on a vine in Platanias, near Rethymnon in Crete (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday 2 May 2021



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