12 December 2021

Sunday intercessions, 12 December 2021,
the Third Sunday of Advent (‘Gaudete Sunday’)

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

‘Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God’ (Philippians 4: 5-6). Let us pray:

‘Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid’ (The Song of Isaiah, 1, Isaiah 12: 2):

Heavenly Father,
As we wait in Advent for the coming of the Kingdom,
let us give thanks to Lord … make known your deeds among the nations …
May those in power and in government
hear the cry of all in who ‘sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,’
especially refugees, asylum seekers, migrants,
prisoners of conscience, the victims of people trafficking,
that they may be met with mercy and justice,
and know love and peace.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near’ (Philippians 4: 4-5):

Lord Jesus Christ,
as we wait in Advent for your coming,
we pray for the Church,
that we may eagerly prepare the way for your coming among us …

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for this Diocese of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe,
the Archbishop’s Commissaries,
Archdeacon Stephen McWhirter and Dean Niall Sloane,
and for the Episcopal Electoral College called to fill the vacant see.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church of Canada,
and the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Roscrea Group of parishes,
Canon Jane Galbraith, and the congregations of
Saint Cronan’s, Roscrea, Saint Burchin’s, Bourney,
Christ Church, Corbally, and Saint St Molua’s, Kyle.

In our community,
we pray for our schools,
we pray for our parishes and people …
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes …
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘I will save the lame and gather the outcast … At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you’ (Zephaniah 3: 19-20):

Holy Spirit, we pray for one another …

We remember those who are remembered and mourned by parishioners,
May their memories be a blessing to us.

We pray for all who are sick or isolated,
at home, in hospital …
Ruby … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay …
Cecil … Pat … Mary … Ann … Vanessa …

We pray for those who feel pain and loss …
for those who are bewildered and without answers …
for those we love and those who love us …
for our families, friends and neighbours …

We pray for all who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and who seek healing …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …
and we pray for one another and for ourselves …

May your generosity and love to us be reflected in our love and generosity to others.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (12 December 2021, Third Sunday of Advent) invites us to pray:

Gentle God,
we rejoice in You.
Let us strive for truth, honour,
and all that is praiseworthy.
May we find peace through prayer.

Merciful Father …

‘And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4: 7) … ‘The Passion,’ a sculpture by Enzo Plazzotta (1921-1981) in Saint Bene’t’s Church, Cambridge (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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