Sunday, 11 July 2021

Sunday intercessions on
11 July 2021, Trinity VI

A fresco of Saint John the Baptist by the icon writer Alexandra Kaouki in a church in Rethymnon

Let us pray:

‘Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man’ (Mark 6: 20):

Heavenly Father,
as we journey through this world,
we pray for the world, for the kingdoms and the nations of the world,
especially those nations suffering through war, tyranny, injustice and oppression.

We pray for justice, mercy and peace,
for all prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience and those facing execution,
for an end to hatred, oppression and gender violence,
that your praise may reach to the ends of the earth,
that they may know your right hand is full of justice.

We pray for Ireland, north and south,
We give thanks for all who are responding
to the pandemic crisis …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

They ‘were dancing before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals’ (II Samuel 6: 5):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may always rejoice in your presence.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth as he prepares to retire,
we give thanks for his faithful and caring ministry,
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines,
and the Prime Bishop of the Philippines,
the Most Revd Joel Atiwag Pachao.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry,
with which we will be united,
and for Bishop Patrick Rooke as he prepares to retire.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Galway Group of parishes in the Diocese of Tuam,
the Very Rev Lynda Pellow,
and the congregations of Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway,
and Kilcummin (Oughterard).

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a just reward from the God of their salvation’ (Psalm 24: 5):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …

We pray for those we love and those who love us …
we pray for our families, 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 …

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

Ruby … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Adam …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for all who are broken-hearted,
trying to come to terms with the loss of loved ones,
including the Casey and Gilliard families …
We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
giving thanks this morning for the life of Arthur Gilliard …
May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on the Sixth Sunday after Trinity:

‘The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.’
O God, We have profoundly damaged Creation.
Give us the strength to recover what we have tainted,
Amplify the voices calling for renewal.

Merciful Father …

The fifth century mosaic of the Baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Neonian Baptistry in Ravenna (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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