Sunday, 5 September 2021

Sunday intercessions on
5 September 2021, Trinity XIV

A detail from the ‘Sarcophagus of the Crying Women,’ from Sidon (see Mark 7: 24-37), now in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Let us pray:

‘Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor’ (Proverbs 22: 9)

Heavenly Father,
we prayer for mothers and daughters who are marginalised throughout the world,

We pray for the mothers and daughters
who live in fear in,
who have been displaced from,
who have lost their homes, their rights, their families, their dignity,
in Afghanistan, Syria, Haiti,
and so many other places

On the Nations’ Climate Sunday,
we pray for Mother Earth,
and pray that you would renew and refresh our commitment
to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation,
and sustain and renew the life of the earth …

We pray for the nations of the world,
and for all who live in fear and hunger for mercy, peace and justice.

We pray too for the people of Haiti, Greece and Turkey.

We pray for Ireland, north and south …

We pray that we may hear the voices of women who face discrimination …
who are denied equal opportunities …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘A woman … heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet’ (Mark 7: 25):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for Mother Church,
that we may hear the voice of women,
and encourage women in ministry and all aspects of Church life …

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Meath and Kildare
and Bishop Pat Storey.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for children in our dioceses starting a new school year,
that they may be sale and happy, and grow in learning …

We pray for our Bishop, Kenneth, as he prepares to retire,
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 Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan,
and the Primate, Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo Kumir Kuku, Bishop of Khartoum.

In our community,
we pray for all mothers and daughters.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are true of heart’ (Psalm 125: 4):

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 …
we pray for all on holidays …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …

We pray for those who have been baptised, married and ordained in recent weeks …
for the Revd Leonard Madden, to be ordained priest on Saturday,
We pray for families where children, partners and those who are vulnerable
suffer violence, abuse or neglect …

We pray for all who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and who seek healing …

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

Ruby … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Hilary …
Helen … Ajay … Adam … Pat … Trixie … Brian …

We remember all who grieve and mourn at this time …
all who are broken-hearted …
We remember Joey Smyth, on his birthday …
Brian Corbett, who died yesterday …
Father James Leachman, priest, monk and scholar, who died last Sunday …

May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) in its Prayer Diary this morning, the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, invites us to pray:

Eternal God,
may we trust in you.
Help us to let the world know
your everlasting love.

Merciful Father …

‘The just shall not put their hands to evil’ (Psalm 125: 3) … the courthouse in Skibbereen, Co Cork (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

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