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PRAYERS FOR THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 28th June 2020

Written by Helen Arnopp

It is now the last Sunday in June and we have not had a service in any of our churches since mid March.  We thank you Lord for the wonderful fellowship we have enjoyed during this time which as been ‘beamed’  to us in our homes with the live streaming of services which Canon Elaine and Simon have diligently provided for us on a weekly basis.  These services have given us the opportunity to hear your word through our laptops, desktops and smartphones during this time.  We thank you for this wonderful connection to hear your word on a weekly basis. 

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

At this time Lord we pray for all those in leadership in political life in this country.  We ask that you  support them with the negotiations to form a new government at this time and give strength and wisdom to them and guide their decisions as they work in the best interest of the people they are called serve.  We pray for all local government officials including county councillors, Gardai and all who serve in our local communities that they may be supported in their daily duties. We pray that each one of us may have the courage to recognise in ourselves any bias on the grounds of race, colour creed or position society and have the grace to treat all people as equal in the eyes of our lord Jesus.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

In normal circumstances, our primary school children would be commencing their summer holidays this week but they have not been inside their classrooms or seen their friends or teachers since mid March.  Heavenly Father we pray for all primary school pupils who have found these past weeks challenging and pray that pupils and teachers will relax and enjoy their summer holidays to return refreshed and enthused for the new school year.  We especially pray for sixth class as they come to the end of this primary school chapter of their lives.  We ask that you continue to support them as they are about to embark on new beginnings in new schools  and make new friends.  We pray that you will lead and direct them as they go through this new challenge. Lord we ask that you support all of the leaving Certificate students at this time also as they make their final decisions on their CAO forms this week which will shape their future lives.

As the next phase of reopening lockdown commences tomorrow, Heavenly Father we pray that we will be sensible in our attitude and actions towards the virus that is Covid19.  Direct us all to continue to adhere to the guidelines outlined by our Government and department of Health to continue to act responsibly in our actions and not to take unnecessary risks which may result in the spread of the virus.  We give thanks for all frontline workers at this time.  We continue to pray for all medical staff, carers, support workers and those who are now working tirelessly to develop a drug to combat this virus.  We pray that they will continue to find strength and resilience in their daily lives.   We continue to pray for all who have been bereaved at this time both from Covid19 and other illnesses.  As traditional funerals are no longer allowed we can continue support the bereaved by way of a telephone call, letter, card or electronic communication at this time.  We continue to ask Gods blessing on all who are bereaved and give them comfort at this difficult time.

Lord in your mercy – Hear our Prayer.

Our Gospel today is telling us in that Jesus has rewards in store for those who publicly and verbally spread his message and that there are also rewards in store for those who help and assist these messengers.  God meant for Christian work to be based upon teamwork.  The individual will never be able to achieve what the team can achieve, few people are capable of going it alone.  We are social creatures and we are each given at least one gift by the Holy Spirit.  As we return to in-church worship next week, we pray for Paul our Bishop and Canon Elaine as they continue to guide and support us in our spiritual lives.  We pray for patience and understanding as we physically return to our churches praying that you will continue to support and protect us and give us acceptance that while we are reopening, it will be different.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer.

We conclude our prayers by saying the Grace together….. 

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PRAYERS FOR SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 21st June 2020

Written by Hilary Dring


Today is Midsummer’s Day, the longest day, in this part of the world; a day of long hours of light and often, but not always, sunshine.
Creator God, how wonderful to enjoy the long evenings and the light and warmth which come from you. During this time of lockdown many of us have found more time than usual to appreciate nature and all its wonders. As the saying goes ‘“You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place on earth.” We pray that as life becomes busier again we will not lose our newly found connections with the world around us. Help us to live simply, and to be still at the centre of our beings; to create space for you in our lives, a space where we can commune with you and hear your voice. “In you we live and move and have our being”; each new day we begin again, knowing that your grace and mercy never fail. Thank you for your unending love. Lord, hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

In today’s Gospel reading we hear the words “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters”. Lord Jesus, you are our teacher and master. Help us to ask ourselves how you lived and acted, and be willing to truly hear what you are saying to us. It is challenging and often not easy to hear. In our world there is so much injustice and people are often not treated as they should be. Help us, as a society and as individuals, to be a voice for the voiceless and to stand on the side of the vulnerable and marginalised. “Love God and love your neighbour as yourself “– it sounds so simple; yet we know that without you we cannot live your way. So we ask for your help and strength to rise to the challenge of living your way of love. Lord, hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We look forward to the day when we can gather again in our churches to worship together. Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson has written a prayer for this time of preparation – Creator God, not limited by time or space; your Son worshipped in synagogue and Temple, and your Spirit came in power on the disciples as they met in the Upper Room.  By that same Spirit, guide us as we prepare to reopen the churches in this parish. 

May they be places of safety, where all feel your welcome, experience your love and are equipped in your service. We pray for those who through age or vulnerability will continue to worship at home, that together we may all rejoice in your goodness and know your blessing, until we can offer unceasing praise in your heavenly kingdom. Lord, hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

It has been so good to watch the numbers of deaths and new cases of COVID-19 decrease. It gives us hope that things can open up again; we can return to some of the things we love to do.
Lord Jesus, you were full of compassion for the sick and burdened; you healed all who were brought to you, which is so amazing.
We remember all who have died during this time. Thank you for the compassion and care shown by so many under difficult circumstances. Help us, as life becomes busier, to have time for others. A kind word, a listening ear, an offer of practical help can make such a difference and could sometimes even be life changing for someone. May we constantly reassess our priorities so that each day we put living your way of love at the top of the list.
Lord, hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

Compassionate and healing God, we are so thankful that we can bring our worries to you. You know who and what is on our minds this morning. We ask you to bless each person we are concerned about and we trust you with our worries, knowing that you care more for us than we can ever imagine. We are still for a moment to bring you our own thoughts and prayers just now ……….
Lord, hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

As we conclude our prayers let us pray with and for each other by saying the grace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Collect for the Second Sunday after Trinity

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake AMEN

PRAYERS FOR FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 14th June 2020

Written by Rowland Newenham

Let us pray

O Lord, we pray for the different churches in the world;  help us to understand the different faiths and religions and teach us tolerance in the differences of faith.

We pray that you may help us to all be your disciples and to spread your word out in our community, so as we do in our churches.    We also pray our own church community. As we work towards re-opening our churches in July, we pray guidance that we may do so safely, and help us to understand that worship may be different to what we are accustomed to.

We pray for Richard, our diocesan lay reader, for Elaine, our rector, and for Paul, our Bishop. We thank you for allowing them to minister among us, and we pray for their protection.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

Lord, we pray for all refugees, wherever they are currently, and wherever they end up. We pray Lord that you will protect them and that you will teach us to understand their fear of persecution.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

Lord, we pray for the Leaving Certificate students at this time. They should have been nearly finished their exams, and planning for a summer job in Ireland or perhaps overseas, but instead they may feel that they are unable to control their destiny, and we pray for your guidance to help them.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

O God, we pray for the confirmation candidates in this parish, as they also come to terms with their postponed confirmation ceremony. Help them to continue to know your presence, and that you are there to listen to them.

O Lord, we pray for all victims of racism, in this country and throughout the world. Teach us to respect each-other and enable us to see the reality of racism and enable us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.

Lord hear us…. Lord Graciously hear us

Loving Father, from whose mighty hands all life and healing come, we pray for all who are in pain or suffering at this time. We remember especially those facing long and incurable illnesses.

Lord hear us ….Lord Graciously hear us

O Lord, we pray for the families of those recently bereaved. For those who mourn, immerse them with your love, and help them at this difficult time. Like the rest of society, funeral services are different now, and help those who are grieving to come to terms with this new reality.

And we conclude by saying together:

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

PRAYERS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY 7th June 2020

Written by Valerie Andrew

Let us pray

O God the Father, you are the creator God that has made all things and all people. For the Beauty and the Bounty of this earth we thank you.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ we thank you for your redeeming power. We see your love shown most clearly on the cross. We thank you Son of God for your never ending love for us.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer

O Holy Spirit of God, we thank you that you are with us at all times and in all places strengthening us with your guidance and protection. We thank you that you are with us Spirit of God.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer

Let us pray for justice, particularly in the United States at this time. We pray that you will bring forward leaders that will do right, guarding against suppression and abuse of power. Be present Lord, bring compassion, understanding and healing into the situation.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer

God of life, you have promised to be with us every day, also in difficult times like these. Give us the strength, courage and faith to face every day with new hope. Be with those who need help more than we do ourselves and help us to see what we can offer from your love.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer

A lovely prayer written this week by the Revd Julia Cody, the Team Vicar of our Linked parish of Perton, Diocese of Lichfield, who was asked by their World Mission representative to write a prayer for their Diocesan Prayer Diary.

Loving God, thank you for our brothers and sisters in your Church around the world. Thank you for the developing friendship between the church families of The Carrigaline Union in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and The Church At Perton.  As we are linked to each other in you, may your Holy Spirit flow through us. We pray for one another and ask for your Spirit of wisdom and compassion for Bishop Paul Colton and all entrusted with leadership in the Diocese in responding to the challenges of Coronavirus. Amen.

We gather up our prayers and together we say..

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Prayers for Pentecost 31st May

Written by Clodagh King

Let us pray

Merciful God, we pray for the many people who are suffering because of the Coronavirus throughout the world.

We pray too for our own local community.

We pray for governments and authorities who are working hard to contain the spread of the virus.

Help us all to be responsible in the things we do in our lives by taking heed of the recommended precautions, and ensuring we do not put our vulnerable at risk.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer

Gracious Lord we pray for the work and service of all care homes and day centres for elderly and sick people, and for those carers who look after family and friends in their own home.

We pray for all finding their life painful, lonely and uncertain, especially those who are ill and are vulnerable.

Help them to sense your comfort in this time of need and bless their families and carers.

We pray for all who are struggling in their lives.

Bring them hope of an end to their sufferings and a resolution of their difficulties.

Show us the best way to help those who suffer, without being intrusive but without simply turning away from their pain either.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Encourage lord, those whose hearts are fixed on you, and whose lives are lived for others, for with such stones your kingdoms walls will be made strong.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Loving God we seek the assurance of your Spirit to know your presence with us in our daily lives-

In our relationships

In our work and service

In our worship

In our times of joy and pain.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

We gather up our prayers and together we say..

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers for Sunday 24th May, 7th Sunday of Easter, Sunday after Ascension

Written by Kevin Ryan

Let us pray

Father in Heaven, we come to you believing that your love for us is in?nite and unconditional. You sent us your Son, through whom you revealed yourself to us, so that we might have eternal life.  We thank you, Lord, for this supreme manifestation of your boundless love for us.
Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we humbly acknowledge our humanity, and our failure to respond to that great love, so often and in so many different ways.  We ask your forgiveness for the many ways in which we have fallen short … in what we have done and in what we have failed to do.
Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, as the world is is experiencing huge suffering and uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, help us to remain hopeful and optimistic.  When we are tempted to feel that you have abandoned us, help us to look for the reassurance of your constant love.
Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, when we’re tempted to wallow in the very real sadness and, in some cases, tragedies that many of us are experiencing in the current climate, help us to be mindful of those in far worse situations.  This pandemic has served to further highlight the terrible inequalities and extreme poverty in other parts of the world.  Help us to respond to the plight of these people, in any way we can.

Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

Help us, Lord, to focus on the positives that emerge from this situation:
We’ve all been forced to re-think our lives and relationships.
We’ve all become aware of how dependent we are on each other, emotionally as well as materially.
We’ve seen how GOOD government is vital, and BAD government is destructive.
We rejoice in the fact that human behaviour improves, collectively, during crises like this.
We’ve learned that science and medical expertise matters, and must be listened to …
For these new insights, Lord, we thank you.

We pray that we will move forward, having learned from this;

that we will  take with us better standards of behaviour towards each other, and better ways of respecting the environment which You have created for us.
Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray, Lord for our own government and leaders, our medical experts and scientists, our clergy and ministers.  We thank you for them.  We thank you for the generous ways in which they give of themselves.  We ask that you bless and guide them in their daily duties.
Lord, hear us!  Lord, graciously hear us.

Let us observe a moment of silence during which we bring our private needs to you …
 
Into your hands, Lord, we commend all our cares, troubles and anxieties.  We thank you for your steadfast love, even when it’s not always obvious.
We make these prayers to you, in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


 

Prayers on Sunday 17th May 2020

Written by Peter Coughlan

Let us pray

As we pray together on this May morning we count our many blessings. We thank God for his amazing works of creation – the fresh new leaves on the trees , the bright flowers in the garden, the birds singing richly, the peace and relaxation of the seashore. Father teach us and all world leaders and governments to care responsibly for our world and to treasure and preserve nature and all living creatures.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

Lord we pray for our world as we continue to work our way through the effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic on all nations. We remember especially those counties with health care systems already under huge strain, we think of countries like Yemen where due to the effects of war in their land, half of their hospitals have already been destroyed – Be with all those who have lost their lives to this disease. And comfort those who grieve them. Draw near to those who are ill and bless all the amazing health workers and volunteers all over our world who do their very best to make people well again.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

Father God, your son our Saviour and Guide taught us that whoever obeys your commands, this is the one who  loves you. Bless the world’s Leaders, decision makers and policy makers as our world seeks to move slowly forward from Covid 19 and its effects – May a real change for good take place in all of us, May your will be done, and may these leaders govern the nations with integrity, compassion, humility and a lasting peace.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We pray for your church in all the world and for the unity of Christian people everywhere. Bless all bishops and priests and all who share your Holy Word with others. We remember especially Bishop Paul and our own Reverend Elaine, their families and their ministries among us, especially now with the challenge of sharing your Word more and more on digital platforms. Guide us all to be your loyal disciples

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

God of our Land, bless President Michael D Higgins, and our chosen political leaders. Draw near to Leo Varadkar, Simon Harris, Tony Holohan and others who bear great responsibility at this time – guide them in their decision making, bless them and their families .We pray for the safety of all those resident in our hospitals and nursing homes and for all the brave staff who care tirelessly for them. We pray for our communities and think especially of refugees in direct provision, the lonely, the homeless and those suffering domestic abuse at this challenging time.

In a few moments of silence now we bring before you those known to us in need of your love and care at this time…….…… Draw near to all who suffer, merciful Lord, that they may sense your presence and trust in your unfailing love for them.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

A final prayer from Rosamond Bennett of Christian Aid

Dear Lord

You are the maker of heaven and earth

As we face the Coronavirus pandemic help us to lift our eyes to you

May your peace be with those feeling anxious

May your strength be with those working to keep others safe

May your comfort be with those who are grieving

May your wisdom light the way for those making decisions

May your healing be upon those who are unwell

May your hope fill those who are fearful of the future

May your compassion prompt us to love our neighbours

Keep us from Harm

Watch over our coming and going, both now and evermore

Amen

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Intercessions used on Sunday 10th May 2020

written by Simon Woodworth

Let us pray

Merciful God, in our time of need in the last few weeks we have asked you for many things. We have needed your guidance and support as we navigate these uncertain times. Today we take a moment to rejoice in all you have given us, for showing us your works in all those who have been fighting for us and supporting us, and to thank you for answering our prayers.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We thank you for our nurses and doctors, for our cleaners and porters.

Almighty God, our eyes have been opened to all the vital work that is done in our health services, from the hospital consultant to the ward manager to the nurse to the porter. Thank you for teaching us that all who work to keep us healthy and cure our ills are important.

Lord, in your mercy,   hear our prayer

We thank you for our volunteers and care workers.

Merciful Father, strengthen those who work very hard for little or no personal benefit to make sure all in our society and our community are safe and well. We also remember those who work in our local care homes like St Luke’s, our local charities such as Penny Dinners and during

Ramadan especially we remember groups such as the Muslim Sisters of Eire, who do so much to feed the poor and needy on the streets.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We thank you for our scientists and researchers.

Thank you, God, for all those who are working hard to understand the COVID-19 disease and to develop a vaccine and a cure for it; for those who are helping the health services, care homes and hospitals to respond to it and to care for their patients; and for those who have to inform national policy in the months to come. Show them the way to the truth, Lord, as they help  all of us.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We thank you for our leaders.

Lord, whose son Jesus showed us that you are the Way, the Truth and the Life, we thank you for those who seek to guide us through this unprecedented time of crises. We understand our leaders are fallible. We acknowledge that, while we may disagree with them sometimes they are trying to do their best. Thank you Lord, for our national leaders, for our community leaders, for our Bishop Paul and for our Rector, Canon Elaine as they lead us by their example, by their words and their actions.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you for our farmers and those who run our shops.

We remember in gratitude, God, that as our lives are turned upside down, our farmers are still working as hard as ever to feed us and our shop assistants are putting their lives at risk to make sure the farmers’ produce reaches us. As we look forward to lifted restrictions in the summer, help us to show our thanks to them by supporting our local producers and businesses.

Lord, in your mercy,  hear our prayer

We thank you for our community.

O Lord, who has prepared a place for us, we draw our strength from our families and neighbours and together we stand strong in the places you have helped us prepare for ourselves. Thank you, Lord for all of our community networks which have help us to sustain each other, especially the poor, the elderly, the lonely and the vulnerable.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

In conclusion,

Lord, we thank you for being with us all this time, for walking with us as we make our journey and for carrying us when that journey is difficult. We look forward to worshipping joyfully together when this stage of our journey is over. 

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Intercessions created for Sunday 3rd May 2020

Written by Joy Keefe

Let us pray

May all who hold the faith of Christ be drawn into one fold, under one Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, you are our Good Shepherd, may you continue to lead us in these days of great worry and uncertainty.

May you restore our souls so that we need not fear.

May we be confident that you are right

beside us every step of the way on our life’s journey and may we in turn support each other during these current

challenging times.

Thank you, Lord for this Good Shepherd Sunday, for your goodness and mercies to us all the days of our lives and for being the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Life as we know it is completely changed as our nation along with the rest of the world wages “war” against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus.   We pray for all nations throughout the world, where normal life as was known, is in total disarray, and for the fear and distress that we are experiencing because of this pandemic crisis.

A disruption to our lives that has brought grief to some, financial

difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of all of us. O Lord calms us all as we tread our way through waters unknown.

May we only listen to and follow trustworthy advice and guidelines from those in authority and not allow ourselves to be influenced and frightened by non-verified information.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Thank You Lord for all frontline staff, particularly during this Covid 19 crisis.  We pray for medical staff, carers, researchers, lab technicians, and support staff as they come under strain.  May they continue to find the strength, energy and resilience to enable them to continue to use their gifts and skills in helping those who suffer.

We pray also for those working in the food and medical related

industries.   May suppliers and retailers be able to cope with the extra pressure of growing or manufacturing, packaging, delivering, stocking shelves, crowd monitoring and the checkout staff in food retail outlets.

All equally important in the smooth running of the food and medical chain.

We are forever thankful to those who selflessly continue their day to day duties in support of all of us.

 Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

We pray for patience for us all during this lockdown particularly in these crucial weeks ahead, as we hope for the gradual lifting of these

restrictions.  May our nation’s great spirit again show forth as we respect the new guidelines that we will hopefully receive next week so that the safety of everybody can be assured from this virus.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who mourn, and in particular for those who have lost loved ones because of Covid19 and also for those who have died from other causes during this period.  Unable to pay traditional respects because of current funeral restrictions may we support those who mourn by any way we can ,maybe through phone or letter or card.

May we all remember that even though our funeral traditions have

temporally changed, the path to eternal life remains the same for those who have gone to their eternal reward. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Life as we have known it no longer exists for the time being. 

May we use our time to reflect on all our blessings, to value the things that really matter in life and to forget about some of the materialism that seems to dominate parts of our lives.     May we continue to seek ways to keep in contact and support those who are lonely particularly during this period of isolation.  Here in Ireland and around the world we hear of heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering shopping or medicines, checking on neighbours, or maybe

converting their businesses to help the relief effort, or perhaps a phone call to check in on people that we know may be experiencing personal health difficulties that have magnified due to the restrictions. 

Thank you, Lord, for people who think of others and do acts of kindness to help others.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Though self-isolating may be difficult at times, many people of all faiths or of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect in prayer or meditation.  May we continue to do this as life returns to some sort of normal in the aftermath of this pandemic.

May you O Lord continue to uplift and inspire us as we continue on life’s journey.

Lord in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Intercessions used on Sunday 26th April 2020

Written by Kay Tracey & John Sweeney

Let us pray

Lord Jesus Christ, we give you our thanks and praise for the gift of eternal life through your death and resurrection and atonement for our sins and those of the world. Like those whom you encountered on the road to Emmaus, we are beset and perplexed by a range of emotions at this time of reflection during the Coronavirus pandemic. We, your disciples of the current age, talk with our friends, family, neighbours and community about little else than the impact of the virus on our lives and future. Grant us by the guidance of your Holy Spirit to discern wise sources of information and lead us into new ways of maintaining social contact and of ways of living as human beings. Help us to place our trust in your love for us, for all peoples and for all creation. . As you were with your disciples on the road to Emmaus be with us in every part of our journey, no matter how full of doubt or fear we may be. Through your Holy Spirit we pray that you will open our eyes too. Help us to see you as our risen Lord, and in our seeing, may we recognise and welcome the stranger in our midst

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, like the first disciples, depressed, fearful and despondent after your death, many of us are feeling helpless, shocked and saddened not only through the grief of bereavement of loved ones but also through the inability to share our burden of loss through the rituals of a funeral. The sympathy, condolence, word or touch, hug or shared tears with family, friends, and celebration of a life well-lived with the wider community has been denied. Grant us the comfort, empathy and love of our circle of support in virtual means or through the writing of a note, card or letter. May all those in mourning be comforted by the knowledge that death is not the end and that when restrictions end, services of celebration and remembrance will be arranged to mourn the passing of the loved person.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, like the first disciples, many of us are confined to our homes and feel a sense of foreboding as we venture forth to shop for essential supplies, fearful of social disapproval, the rebuke of authorities or the virus itself lest we bring it into our family. Grant us the courage and grace of Cleopas and his companion to walk with the stranger, to offer hospitality and to comfort, support and help those who are especially vulnerable. Shine your light upon those who live in fear, May your light of hope shine in the darkness. Calm us Lord and watch over those who feel isolated, lonely and distressed. May your words be like a lamp that lights our way, light that restores, that heals, that protects, that saves.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, just as with the first disciples, your divine wisdom unlocked the mysteries of your incarnation, death and resurrection, may your Spirit bring discernment, sound judgment and wisdom to all combating the pandemic. Grant clarity of analysis, thinking, morality and evaluation to scientists, health researchers, medical and health personnel and government agencies who are investigating, treating and developing ways to identify, protect and treat us all from the effects of Covid-19. In these very anxious insecure times God is our only security. Faith is an anchor in a shifting world. Lord, give us the strength to cope with the present situation. Inspire our leaders to bring hope, and with hope, peace of mind.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Saviour God, be with all who like Mary of Magdala, Salome, Joanna and Mary the mother of James, who overcame personal fears and danger to venture out to the tomb on the first Easter day. As health workers set aside the risks to themselves, grant your protection and love to all care givers who toil daily to bring the balm of healing and support to all receiving care in hospitals, residential or community settings. Grant them your compassion, tenderness and concern as they minister to the sick, the frail, the critically ill, the dying, the bereaved and to those recovering.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Christ Jesus, inspire us your people of the present age to follow the example of Cleopas and his companion to go out to act through video, telephone or calling. May we be swift to act to bring support, practical help and a listening ear to those who are housebound or vulnerable in our local neighbourhoods and to remember those in the wider world whose lives are being devasted. Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us; Open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love; and empower us to pass on to others the grace you have shared with us so freely.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, grant us patience to endure the restrictions on movement, working, education and social gatherings. Guide all leaders, governments and influential organisations as we emerge from the lockdown to seek to shape this your world in a profoundly different manner. May the striving for endless material things, wealth, celebrity, self obsession and status give way to new ways of being that do no longer widen social equality, destroy the planet or deny compassion for all humanity. May this time of confinement give us all an opportunity to imagine a better world for all rather than the few. Lord Jesus. Hope is your gift to the world through the resurrection. It is at the heart of Christianity. Hope is like a light within us each new day reminds us of your grace. Hope is not based on what we have done in the past, Hope is based on the infinite goodness of God’s mercy, and God’s mercy never changes. Help us to feel the resurrection hope in our lives.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Intercessions used on Sunday 19th April 2020

In the power of the Spirit, let us pray for grace to do the works of faith.
Grant to the Church, the gathered people of the gospel, in their own homes across this land, wisdom to know and power to proclaim the good news of the Resurrection. Make us strong in the Holy Spirit to bring healing in the name of Christ.
Lord, in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
We pray for a world where many wish to believe but are held back by doubt. Open the way to the freedom that is in Christ, that his peace may prevail among the nations and in the hearts of all people.
Lord, in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
Grant to us, our families, friends and neighbours, the grace of the Resurrection. Break through the closed doors of our fear and doubt and give us the faith that needs no sign but the knowledge of divine love present among us.
Lord, in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
Have mercy on all who suffer persecution for this faith, who must meet in secret and cannot worship openly. Give them strength in their need, give light to those who oppress them, so that all who trust in the Resurrection may be free to share their joy.
Lord, in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
We think of the departed who trusted their Lord in this world and now see him in the fullness of his glory. We think particularly of all those who have died recently without having the presence of their loved ones around them. May we who now follow in faith share with them the promised blessing.
We pray in the name of Christ, by whose wounds we are healed.
Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Intercessions used on Easter Day 12th April 2020

We pray to Jesus who is present with us to eternity.

Jesus, light of the world,

bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations,

ravaged by this deadly disease.

Jesus, Lord of life…. in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, bread of life,

give food to the hungry, and nourish us all with your word.

Jesus, Lord of life…. in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life

be with us and all who follow you in the way.

Deepen our appreciation of your truth

and fill us with your life.

Jesus, Lord of life…. in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep,

recover the straggler, 

bind up the injured,

strengthen the sick

and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures.

Jesus, Lord of life…. in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, the resurrection and the life,

we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you.

Raise us with them to eternal life.

Jesus, Lord of life…. in your mercy, hear us,

accept our prayers, and be with us always.   Amen.

Intercessions used on 5th April 2020

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, to the Lord, the King of Glory. As the Church rejoices in the triumphal entry of our Lord, grant to us also the spirit of repentance, and sorrow for his suffering. May we at this holy time, even as we are isolated in our homes, set forward the message of his salvation and lay our minds and wills before him as an offering of faith. Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Bring to a world that judges by outward signs of power the wisdom to discern where true power lies in humility and love. Open the eyes of the rulers of the nations to see the one true King and be ready to serve at his command. Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer

Give to us and to all those around us the vision of holiness in our ordinary lives. Help us to find in those we too easily take for granted the image of Christ the Lord, and to honour one another as those who seek to follow in his way. Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer

Have mercy on the sick and suffering in this time of this pandemic, those for whom the shadow of the Cross is plainer at this time than the glory of the day and who call out not in triumph but in anguish. Give them relief in their affliction and the hope of new life. Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer

May the voices of those who bore witness to God in this world now be blended with the eternal praise of the angels in heaven. May theirs be the song of triumph over sin and death. Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer

We offer our prayers in the name of Christ who has come to save his people. Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Intercessions used on 29th March 2020

Let us pray to God whose word is the word of life.

As Thomas and the other disciples followed their Lord in faith, give to your people the trust in him that takes away all fear. As Mary and Martha saw with their human eyes his power of resurrection, let your gathered church witness to his risen presence among us.

Lord , in your mercy… hear our prayer.

Have mercy on a world where many do not follow the way of life but choose instead the dark way that leads to the death of hope. May those in high places know that their power is limited and that all authority comes only from the Lord of life, the conqueror of death.

Lord , in your mercy…. hear our prayer.

Bless our families, f riends and neighbours, especially in this time of distress and worry. Keep us faithful to one another and to our Lord. Help us to trust in his word and to obey his commands even when the way forward is not clear to us.

Lord , in your mercy…. hear our prayer.

Look with pity on those who mourn, especially those who feel no hope of resurrection. Strengthen all who walk in fear, deal tenderly with those who are at the point of death and ease their passing.

Lord , in your mercy…. hear our prayer.

God, in whom the dead are alive and shall never die again, receive the souls of the faithful departed. As their bodies lie in the grave, grant them eternal life in Christ, whose word they trusted in their time on earth. We pray in the name of Christ, the Resurrection and the Life.

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ

Prayers (altd) from ‘Hear our Prayer’ Canterbury Press

A final prayer before the Blessing especially for this time of Pandemic that we find ourselves in.

May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors
remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot
physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

Author Unknown.

Intercessions used on 22nd March 2020

Thank the Dean of Cloyne, the Very Revd Susan Green who prepared these prayers for use on a Quarantined Mothering Sunday:

Heavenly Father we  thank you for those who care so deeply for others in this time of crisis that they put other people’s needs ahead of their own.

We give thanks for front line workers, many of whom live in our own parish. Medical staff, farmers, food producers and suppliers, retail staff and transport workers, help us to remember that though being physically apart at the moment is hard, it is the most loving thing we can do. We bring to you in our prayers today all whom we love, especially our families, friends & neighbours.          

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you heavenly Father for our mothers, our fathers and for all who have cared for us throughout our life’s journey, and pray that the love they have shown to us may be reflected in the way that we show our love for others and in the way we each strive to live our lives according to your will.        

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Father, we pray for the children you have committed to our care in this Parish Union, and ask that you give their Parents and Godparents wisdom as they seek to encourage them in the ways of love, compassion and generosity so that they may follow Jesus Christ & freely choose to serve Him.

Lord in your mercy, hear our pray

Heavenly Father we remember that today there are those who do not feel at all joyful, those who are bereaved, the sick, those in hospital,  those who are sad, lonely, and away from their families and  those families where there is conflict.

We place each of them into your gentle hands that they may know the comfort, reconciliation and peace which your love brings.      

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Father we pray for those whose hearts are saddened by the death or the illness of someone dear to them. Be with them , give them strength in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench.

You turn our darkness into light and in your light shall we be comforted.                        

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Accept these our prayers, Creator God,

made with gratitude and offered in praise

& help us to live as your children who belong to one another,

& to you, now & always. Amen.

And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all,

evermore. Amen. 

Intersessions  15th March 2020

1)Lets us pray to God for strength at this time.

May our God who sacrificed His son to save us from our sins remain among us in these unprecedented times

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our prayer

 2)Draw those who hold power to be influenced by the presence of Christ and to know His love as they make political, economic and health precaution decisions for their countries.

Lord in Your mercy Hear our prayer.

3)We thank you Lord for the privilege of being a member of your Church in this time of  great uncertainty and worry re the Coronavirus.

May we find the Peace of your Holy Presence to be a comfort for us at this time.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our prayer

4)We thank you Lord for our Church leaders who have the wisdom to suspend some of our Church traditions in order that it may help prevent the spread of this virus.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our prayer.

5)At this time we thank You Lord for social media and mobile phones as a means of communication even though we might not be able to visit friends and family we can though keep in touch.

All so different from the time of Noah in the Ark when he was the only one who had communication.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our prayer

6)We pray for all our healthcare workers and all those who expose themselves to the danger of contacting this virus in order to help those in need.

Lord in Your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

7)We pray for all those living in fear, and also those who are suffering from this virus as well as those who are vulnerable and are at high risk of contamination.

May we respect the guidelines  that have been laid down for us re social distancing and sanitation  regards the control this outbreak.

Lord may the power of Your Presence help us those through these rough times.

Lord in Your mercy Hear our prayer.

8)We pray for Rev Elaine whose ministry is restricted at his time and is unable to do home visits or administer Holy Communion to those who are housebound, and also, we remember Hilary Dring who in the course of her ministry  is unable to visit those in hospitals.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.

9)We remember especially those who are vulnerable in our society, the homeless, those living in cramped conditions, those housed in hotel bedrooms, And also those living in refugee camps and in third world countries where sustenance is a priority and not sanitation.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our Prayer

10)We pray for the departed, those who took up their crosses and carried them to the end of the way and have laid them down in response of Heaven,

May we in our time, be faithful until we come to share in their joy.

Lord in Your Mercy. Hear our prayer.

I conclude with a prayer from Archbishop Ml. Jackson.

Almighty and All–loving God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we pray to you through Christ the Healer

for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19

in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.  

Give wisdom to policymakers,

skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,

comfort to everyone in distress

and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress. 

 This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

who showed compassion to the outcast,

acceptance to the rejected

and love to those to whom no love was shown.  

 Amen.     

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