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Intercessions

Sunday 1st August, 2021

written by Rowland Njoku

 

 

Our Eternal Father and King of Love

We bring to You our thanksgiving and sacrifice of praise, for Your Blessings endure forever.   We bring the testimony of Your Excellence and The Beauty of Your Love, within us and in our surrounding.   Love Divine and Infinite; ‘It breathes in the air; It shines in the light, It streams from the hills and distils in the dew and the rain.’

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Our Eternal Father of Grace

We bring also the people’s prayer of faith for all our needs . We pray for all people and Nations of the world. Invigorate a peaceful and healthful lifestyle among people, in all nations and towards our Earth environment.  As it is written, ‘there is one body and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.’ Inspire us to share together our common heritage of blessing, as one people with love and peace that unite all nations.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Our Eternal Father of Salvation

We pray for the Church and all believers throughout the world. Especially, we pray for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross;       And the people of St Johns Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline. Bless the congregation of your people and grant us the presence of Your Holy Spirit in our work and worship; and grant us the joy of your salvation in our lives.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Our Eternal Father of Blessing

We pray for the Clergy and Laity, especially those in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  It is written in the Gospel, that ‘everyone who has left houses or relatives for Christ sake will receive many times as much, and inherit eternal life.’ We claim this word of blessing for our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton and his family. We also claim this word of blessing for our Rector, the Reverend Canon Elaine and her family, and for all the Ministers and workers of the Church at St John’s Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Our Eternal Father of Faith,

‘Who gives life to the dead, and calls things which be not as though they were.’ We pray for our families and all people in our local community and Churches. We pray for our children and all parents as we continue to embrace new ways of living together.   We invite You, The Good Lord, into our lives to manifest your strength in our weakness.  Strengthen our life of faith with love for one another as our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated.  Help us to cultivate humility with patience to lead a life worthy of the calling

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Our Eternal Father of Peace and Harmony

Heal the sick among us, provide our needs and comfort those who are in pain, sorrow or suffering.   Help us to enjoy and share the Love of God with our families and friends, and to be at peace with our neighbours and our Earth environment.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, let us gently bring our individual prayers before the Lord, for our needs and for the needs of our loved ones

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Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

LET US SHARE THE GRACE TOGETHER:

THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LOVE OF GOD,

AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH US NOW

AND FOREVER. AMEN

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Sunday 25th July, 2021

written by Hilary Dring

 

 

Lord, we remember that you are a God who is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. We come to you in faith, trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We pray for the church, for all Christians around the world, remembering especially those who suffer for their faith.  We pray for all clergy and lay people who faithfully serve and minister to your people. We pray for all who volunteer, for those who make a difference in other people’s lives and help to make things even a little better for those around them.

We come to you in faith,                                                                                                                             

trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We pray for our world; a world where the problems and needs can seem overwhelming at times. Give wisdom to all in authority that they may govern fairly and with compassion. We think especially of areas of the world which are affected by natural disaster and famine, where so many people suffer through no fault of their own. Help those who have plenty to share generously with those who often do not have even the basics that we take for granted. May we all play our part in making the world a better place for everyone.

We come to you in faith,                                                                                                                             

trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We pray for our community, for the people we meet as we go about our lives. Help us to contribute to making our community a place where everyone is welcome and accepted, where each adult and child can have the opportunity to reach their potential. We pray especially for those who feel excluded and on the margins, for those who have no hope for the future and see no way forward. We pray for the Syrian family which is sponsored through our community. May they feel welcome and respected as they adjust to living in a new place where everything is so different and new.

We come to you in faith,                                                                                                                             

trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We pray for those who suffer; for the sick and for the dying; for the bereaved and the anxious; for the abused and for victims of crime; for the lonely and those who struggle with mental health difficulties. We pray for all who work to provide care in any capacity.Equip them and fill them with your Spirit as they share your love with others in practical and caring ways. Remind us that ours are the hands and feet that you use to bless the world.

We come to you in faith,                                                                                                                             

trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We pray, in the words of St Paul, that we may be strengthened in our inner being with power through your Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, as we are being rooted and grounded in love. May we have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

We come to you in faith,                                                                                                                             

trusting in your boundless and generous love.

We end our time of prayer by saying together the Grace.

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

Sunday 18th July, 2021

written by Kevin Ryan

 

God, our Father, we have been brought near to you by the blood of Christ. Teach us to recognise the depth of your love for us. Help us to be faithful to that relationship, so that we may share our faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all that we do, with those whom we love and meet each day.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Help us to recognise Jesus, as his disciples did, as he reveals himself to us in so many different ways, and through so many different people.  Help us to have the confidence to reach out and touch even the hem of his cloak, and know that we too will be healed.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of our families, friends and neighbours.  Help us to respond to these needs when we can.  Help us to be aware that, in giving, we grow closer to you, and that people recognise us as Christians by how we behave.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

We pray that the leaders of this and of every nation may be given the courage to choose good and reject evil, in accordance with your will.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church throughout the world, for its unity and mission.  We pray for our diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, for Paul our bishop and for all who minister in so many different ways.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer

We pray for the sick, the suffering and the bereaved.  Grant them relief in mind and body.  We pray for those who look after them. Grant them the strength and courage to carry on, even when their task seems hopeless.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, we commend into your hands  those whom we have loved and now have lost.  You gave them breath, and loved and cared for them throughout their lives.  Receive them now in your eternal kingdom, and may they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we take a moment, in silence, to bring before you our private and personal concerns .

Silence

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we dedicate all these people, and our prayers, to your loving care.  Give us the strength and courage to walk alongside those in need, to fight for justice for the oppressed and to allow others to see you in us, and in all that we do in the coming week.

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers

For the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Sunday 11th July, 2021

Prayers this week are from the Liturgy developed for the Commemoration of the end of the War of Independence 100 years ago today.

Almighty God, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear the prayers of those who ask in faith:

We pray for your Church in all the world, for its unity and mission, for our diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross and for Paul our bishop and for all faith leaders in this land
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray that we may continually work for peace and embody God’s ministry of reconciliation in all that we do and say.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who help to demolish walls of mistrust and prejudice and seek to heal the wounds of past conflicts.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who stand alongside victims of hatred and sectarianism, that we may work unceasingly for human rights, equality and justice on this island and beyond.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who continue to carry the hurts of the past, especially the scars left behind as a result of war.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

We pray for historians, researchers and all who help us to interpret our past, that they may have wisdom and right judgement and that their work may bring healing and peace.

Lord in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

We pray that the leaders of this and of every nation may be given the

courage to choose good and reject evil in accordance with your will.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who display courage in upholding justice and in preserving peace throughout the world.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for our fellow countrymen and women who work for the

resolution of conflict in our society and beyond.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for the sick, suffering and bereaved. We especially remember those who still bear the physical and psychological scars of the past.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who bear the wounds of conflicts past and present, for the reconciling of memories and for the healing of wounded history.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

We remember all who lost their lives in the War of Independence.  We pray that as we remember, we may be mindful of your reconciling love, brought to perfection in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Risen Lord.

Silence

Grant that we may share with them the joys of your eternal kingdom.

Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 4th July , 2021

written by Peter Coughlan

 

We pause now and bring prayers for our world, for our loved ones and for ourselves to our loving Father through his Son Jesus.

Let us pray.

(using Prayers from the Church of Ireland Ministry of Healing)

Creator God You created the heavens and the beautiful world in which we live. Guide us and all world leaders to care responsibly for our world and to treasure and preserve the beauty of nature and of all living creatures for the generations to come.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Caring God Bless the leaders of all nations, guide them to seek justice, understanding, unity and lasting peace for all. Make us aware how fortunate we are to live in a country with access to Health Care, Education and employment Bless those who do not have these options and flee violence or economic hardship to become refugees. Make us generous and welcoming to them and guide us to support countries that are struggling economically and to share the riches of this planet evenly and to ensure all nations can get the access they need to Covid 19 vaccine.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Loving God We pray for Your church in all the world, for Christian unity and for understanding and real community with those of other faiths. Make us your church, into the people you want us to be and forgive us where we fall short. Teach us to be generous in judgement, bold in commitment and sensitive in listening. Where we find no love, let us bring love and make us more like you.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Father God You love each one of us as your child, guide us to love our neighbours and especially those who struggle – the poor, the homeless, those seeking Asylum, those in prison or battling with addiction, those suffering with their physical or mental health, for all carers and for those who are painfully grieving the loss of a loved one. In a few moments of silence now we bring our personal prayers to our caring Father …….……

Lord You are our steadfast companion at all times of our lives . When we rejoice, you celebrate with us, when we are anxious and afraid you offer us courage to face the unknown. When we weep with sadness, you are our comforter. Help us to entrust ourselves to your faithful and abiding care.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Gentle God as we slowly emerge from Lockdown restrictions we understand it has been a difficult time for many – protect us all going forward as we try to shape a new and changed society.
We especially remember our children and young people – help us to learn from their honest and uncomplicated faith in you and to support them with the challenges such as starting new classes, schools or colleges and the added pressures they can face due to opinions and content shared on their social media platforms. Help them to be fully confident that you Love each and every one of them just as they are.

Generous God We thank you for hearing our prayers with the attentiveness of a loving parent. We ask you to take each need and answer each prayer in your own time and in your own way. For we know You to be just and true and that we have asked in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We conclude our prayers and say together

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.

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Sunday 27th June, 2021

written by Kay Treacy

 

 Loving Father, we thank you that you sent your Son to bring us life.  Life in its fullness, life for eternity.

You are the source of all health. Thank you that through you all things are possible, Fill our hearts with faith in your love.  We may not always sense that God is with us, but as we persevere in prayer we will find that he is blessing us in often unexpected ways.  We pray that God’s tender touch will strengthen our faith, will give us confidence, and will teach us to see with our hearts.

God of love….Hear our prayer.

We are all in need of God’s healing throughout our lives, it is not just for those who are ill.  Lord Jesus we have faith in your power to heal.

We ask for true healing, for wholeness of body, mind and spirit, for peace, for the awareness of God’s presence,  for a hope that knows no end, that knows that love casts out fear, and overcomes and endures.                

God of love….Hear our prayer.

For those weighed down by ill health,
for those weighed down by worry,
for those weighed down by fear,
for those weighed down by sadness,
bring a sense of stillness and peace, freedom from pain and distress, reconciliation of damaged relationships, acceptance in the face of loss, and a readiness for what is to come.

God of love….Hear our prayer.

Support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer.  

In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. 

In their concerns and fears may they know your peace.

In their prayer may they know your steadfast love.

May they not grow weary.

Bless doctors, nurses, and all whose lives are dedicated to bringing wholeness.  Bless those who are carers to those in need, and all whose lives are dedicated to loving service.

God of love….Hear our prayer.

We pray for the healing for our world.

For those who torment and victimise the vulnerable.

For men and women affected by violence in the home.

For those who live by violence.

May they learn to live in Your love

and may we be a channel of Your peace.

God of love….Hear our prayer.

Loving Father heal the hurts, both inside and out that make life difficult each day.  We bring to you the memories that haunt us, the anxieties that worry us, the despair that frightens us.

Help us to discover your forgiveness in our memories and know your peace in our pain.

We ask for your guidance to help us to retrain our thoughts and reframe our perspectives, to learn acceptance, and how to cope in the middle of the storm

God of love….Hear our prayer.

It is in the sharing of our personalities and gifts that others are healed.

Bless us, and help us not to be bitter towards people or situations, but empower us to take the initiative and break the cycle of hatred and bitterness.  Help us to transform the difficulties that come our way into opportunities for personal growth, and service to others.

God of love….Hear our prayer.

We take a few moments for our own special prayers……                     

May they be surrounded with Your healing love.                               

God of love….Hear our prayer.   

Help us to live in this day.

May we neither let hurt from yesterday, or fears of tomorrow,  rob the gift of living in the moment.

May we rejoice as a family in all the goodness that You have given us,

and be a safe place for others to come and find shelter.

In the name of Jesus. Amen

We say together

Merciful Father, Accept these our prayers,

For the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

Sunday 20th June, 2021

written by Rowland Newenham

 

Lord, we pray for the global church community, and also for our own churches, and we pray for those who minister amongst us, and we pray especially for Paul, our Bishop, for Elaine, our Rector, for Richard, our diocesan lay reader, and for Simon, our lay reader in training.

Lord hear us.  Lord Graciously hear us.

Today is World Refugee Day. Lord, we pray at this time for all those who for no other reason than the country of their birth find themselves to be refugees from war and conflict, drought and starvation. Help us to help them to build a better future, as they struggle with basic needs that we all take for granted.

Lord, we pray that you may be present as we try to make our Churches places of Sanctuary. Help us to learn to be welcoming to those who are asylum seekers and refugees in our community.

Lord hear us.  Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all Leaving Certificate students, as they continue and conclude their examinations and try to plan for the future. Be with them and be a steady voice to them when they make decisions as to their choice of career or choice of third level courses.

Lord hear us.  Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for the confirmation candidates and their families in our parish, as they prepare for their confirmation in early July. Help them on their spiritual journey.

Lord hear us.  Lord Graciously hear us.

Loving Father, from whose mighty hands all life and healing come, we pray for Your protection for all who are in pain or suffering at this time. We remember especially those facing long and incurable illnesses. We pray also for Your protection for all who work in the healthcare sector and who have witnessed such enormous changes in their lives over the last 15 months.

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 through this difficult time.

Lord hear us.   Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, as we continue to live through the storm that Covid-19 has ripped through our lives, help us to learn to have faith in you, and to believe in your presence in the midst of our troubles.

We take a few moments in silence to remember our own personal

prayers, for ourselves and our loved ones…… (Silence)

And we conclude by saying together:

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Sunday 13th June, 2021

written by Kevin Ryan

Father God, we approach you with our concerns, our burdens and our thanksgiving. Help us to put our trust in you and in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who taught us that you love us as a parent, and want only what is right for us.

We pray for the Christian Church throughout the world, and especially here in our own Diocese. We pray for our Bishop Paul, our Rector, Canon Elaine, and for all who practice their ministry in many different ways. We ask you to bless their work, and give them wisdom and courage, as they continue to minister throughout these difficult times. May the seeds they sow grow and mature, by your grace!

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our world, which seems to be forever caught up in violence andconflict. Through the media, we are witnesses to terrorist violence in so many parts of the world. As we continue to pray for peace and goodwill towards all people, we also pray for the innocent victims and their families, caught up in in conflicts which are not of their making.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our young people, as we end another academic year. We pray for those who are currently sitting the Leaving Cert. and other important examinations at school and university, and for those starting new lives in the world of work.

Help us, Lord, through our Christian life, to create a society where both young and old, and people of different and diverse abilities feel valued, and proud to be part of society.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our Government and community leaders, as they deal with difficult situations, and especially those dealing with the ongoing Pandemic. Help them to decide with wisdom and compassion. Help us to be reasonable and receptive to the guidelines they issue. Help us to behave responsibly and for our own good and that of society.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, we think of those in need in our own community and further afield; the elderly, the housebound and those in care homes, hospitals and hospices. We also remember the victims of violence, abuse or cruelty. We give thanks for all those who care for the sick within the family, and for our medical and voluntary services.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we ask you to lead us into the coming week. Help us to believe that you are close by us, as we face difficult decisions or difficult work. Support those in business, as the try to adjust to their “new norms”. When we enjoy ourselves, and have fun with others, help us to know that you share these times with us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We take a few moments in silence to remember our own personal prayers, for ourselves and our loved ones. (Silence) Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We conclude by saying: Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Sunday 6th June, 2021

written by Simon Woodworth

 

 Gracious God, this ordinary Sunday we gather today as your people, only a fraction of the community who live around us, and only a fraction of those who would like to be here. We gather on their behalf, with the privilege of representing them before you, the One who unreservedly loves all people and sustains all things.

Lord, hear us.   Lord, graciously hear us.

Guide our leaders and those who govern us, merciful God, so that they may do your will and do what is best for our nations and our planet. We think particularly of our own government as we come out of lockdown, and the governments of those places where there is strife, oppression, and war. Listen, Lord, to those who cry out, as those who rule them take their land, their homes, their freedoms, and their lives. Help us to heal all such divisions and live as one.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Merciful God, we pray for our democracies. Help us as we strive for peace, justice, and strong institutions everywhere. We live in a world beset with cyberattacks and other assaults. We think especially of those in the HSE as they rebuild our health service after one such attack. Guide us as we restore our institutions and as we seek to protect the pillars of our society against all such enemies.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Gracious God, we thank you for those who freely give their time and experience to lead and serve our communities. We pray for our Canon Rector Elaine, our Bishop Paul and all our local leaders. We thank you, Lord, as a Trinity of persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for giving us a model of community, of mutual care and affirmation. May we on earth echo your life in heaven.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

O God, in a few moments of silence, we bring to you our hopes and fears, our prayers and thanks. We ask you to listen to our intercessions for those who are close to us and those who are in need.

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Lord, hear us.   Lord, graciously hear us.

Loving God, as we do your bidding, we are all brothers and sisters in your eyes. As we stand here in church, we feel a strong kinship with those who are unable to be with us, with those who are watching and taking part from home. We thank you for our parishes and our community.  As you send us out this Sunday, Lord, strengthen our bonds as we look to do your bidding under your rule.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

We conclude our prayers by saying together:

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

Trinity Sunday , 30th May 2021

written by Helen Arnopp

 

O God beyond us, lead us forward to pray.

O God beside us, teach us gently to pray.

O god within us, still our hearts to pray.

Lord we pray for the world around us, for nations and people far away.  We pray for peace in our world and in particular for the fragile cease fire between Israel and Palestine.  We especially remember those living in Jerusalem and Gaza who have endured horrendous destruction of their homes, lives and neighbourhoods in recent time.  We ask that peace can be restored so that all can return to more ordered lives and release them from the worry of persecution and fear.  We pray that they may find

respite and that those who seek to help them may be strengthened and that You will watch over them.

Lord hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord we pray for all who minister in this diocese, especially Paul our Bishop, Elaine and her family, Richard our Diocesan Reader and all those who support the sick and vulnerable in our hospitals, Marymount Hospital and Hospice, palliative care units, St Luke’s Home and all nursing homes.  We ask you to support them in their ministry with your Holy Spirit and to protect them as they move among the people of this Diocese in a safe manner.

Lord hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and an important Jewish leader.  In this passage Jesus talks about the gift of eternal life that his death would provide.  Let us reflect on V.16 ‘God so loved the world that he gave  his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in him may not perish but have everlasting life’.  This is the way we live in peace and love with each other everywhere.  We thank you Lord for sending Jesus to die for our sin.  Jesus’s sacrifice reveals His immense love for all mankind and we thank you for this wonderful gift.  We pray that all who hear your word may live their lives in Your praise and glory.

Lord hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

A special Prayer for today Trinity Sunday

Holy spirit within us, always you are seeking to infiltrate our lives with peace and strength; always you are trying to give us more of yourself.  You create and sustain all things, but only by the power of self-giving love.  You never leave us comfortless but always you walk with us, neither too far ahead nor a step behind.  Fill us we pray with your love where hunger stalks the land; where the pandemic continues to rampage and where life seems to be a struggle.

And we conclude with:

O God beyond us, give us faith.

O Christ beside us, give us peace.

O Spirit within us, give us life.  Amen

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Pentecost , 23rd May 2021

written by Valerie Andrew , Parish Eco Congregation Group

 

Let us unite in prayers as the disciples did on the First Pentecost and open ourselves to receive the very same Holy Spirit.

O God send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

Inspire me Lord to speak with humility, compassion, honesty and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses always.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

May your Grace Lord ever help me and correct me and may be strengthened and renewed by the outpouring of your Holy Spirit, just as the disciples were on the First Pentecost.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

We pray that the Holy Spirit of Peace may right and reconcile all the peoples and Nations of the earth, bringing and end to war, hatred and discrimination, thinking especially of the ongoing conflict and tensions between Israel and Gaza.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

We pray that the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life may renew the face of the earth and make it a place where we as stewards are fully committed to protect its oceans, forests, plants and creatures. This world has been created by your hand, given life by your breath and is a precious and fragile gift you have given us.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

Loving Lord we give you thanks for all those involved in the National

Vaccination programme, which is now allowing us to enjoy eased restrictions. We give thanks that we can again meet in person and worship together as a community.

Lord in your mercy—Hear our prayer

We end our prayers by saying together : Merciful Father, accept these our prayers , for the sake of your son, our saviour Jesus Christ , Amen.

7th Sunday of Easter, Sunday after the Ascenson, 16th May 2021

written by Clodagh King , Christian Aid Parish Representative

Merciful God, we pray for the members of Christian Aid partaking in the Walk4Burundi for the month of May. We thank them for their endeavours, goodwill and commitment in raising funds and awareness for the Burundi Maize Project.  May you continue to bless Christian Aid Irelands supporters and volunteers as they work selflessly to help others to rise out of poverty through their endeavours.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer

Loving God we remember this morning those who are sick, sad or lonely and those who are brave and patient when things are going wrong. We pray that they may be aware of your comforting presence and know that in your hands they are safe and loved.   We raise before you all who have died and who are now with your ascended Son Jesus Christ.  We pray for those who have recently died, for their resurrection into Your kingdom and for those whose anniversary falls at this time.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Thank you Lord for Reverend Elaine, Bishop Paul Colton and all those who help our community to run smoothly because of their jobs, voluntary work or neighbourliness. Help us to be supportive and encouraging and to step into situations where we can serve. Bless our neighbours and strengthen those who are working in your name to bring healing and comfort to those in need.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Gracious God, We pray for families who, for various reasons find themselves living beyond their means, unable to provide even life’s essentials without borrowing more, despairing more or sinking deeper into debt.  Oh Father, that we might be a compassionate people, more ready to give than take away, more ready to love than to condemn, more ready to lend a helping hand, working together for the common good of all your children.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

We end our prayers by saying together :

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

6th Sunday of Easter, Rogation Sunday , 9th May 2021

written by Rowland Njoku

The everlasting King of mercy, our refuge and our dwelling place

Our Father in heaven in whom we believe, – ‘God who gives life…and calls into being those things which be not as though they were.’We come again with thanksgiving, for your unfailing love and your faithful shield.

We bring the peoples’ prayers of faith as we continue to witness the passing of this tumultuous time.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray for your continued intervention for all people, the institutions and the governments as they work together for common good.

We pray for your strength in our commitment and effort to restore social and economic activities in all works of life.

We pray for harmony and profound peace for the people and governments all over the world.

Especially, we pray for nations in conflict at this time to embrace love, peace and unity with each other.

We pray for the people, and the government of Ireland, as you continue to guide our leaders with wisdom in our progress towards freedom and recovery.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray for workers in health institutions, pharmaceutical industries and all the people working together to resolve our common challenges.

Especially we pray for doctors, nurses and all frontline workers who have continued to sustain our healthcare. We pray for their continued safety and courage to discharge their duties without disruption.

Lord we pray for the health and safety of our people as we continue to engage successfully in the vaccination programme.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Clergy and Laity in their effort for spiritual revival of the Body of Christ.

Especially we pray for the leaders of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  Guide and bless our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton and his family, and his ministry.   Bless Reverend Canon Elaine and her family in her effort to revive our worship in Carrigaline Union of Parishes.

Bless Reverend Julia and her family in her work with the Church at Perton and the wider local community.

We pray for lay ministers and people who serve in the churches, especially in the United Dioceses, in the Carrigaline Union of Parishes, and the Church family at Perton.

Lord, bless the ministers of your church and their families, and support them with your Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for people in our local community and our Churches.

We pray for students, parents and the teachers as they work together towards successful future.

We pray for the congregation at St John’s Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline.

Strengthen our life of faith with love for each another as our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated.

Heal the sick among us, provide our needs and comfort those who are in pain, sorrow or suffering.

Help us to enjoy the love of God with our families and friends, and to be at peace with our neighbours.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, let us gently bring our individual prayers before the Lord, for our needs and for the needs of our loved ones ……

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

LET US SHARE THE GRACE TOGETHER:

THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH US NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Easter, 2nd May 2021

written by Hilary Dring

In our gospel reading today we are called to be part of the vine, to stay close to God. We heard these words “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”   One of the ways we can remain close to God is through prayer.

Loving God, you call us into closeness with you and yet we are strangely awkward about prayer. Help us to overcome our fear, reluctance and guilt, and give us the desire simply to spend time with you, relaxing in your presence, orientating our lives towards you.

The disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

Loving God, thank you for implanting in us the instincts that lead to prayer. We can’t help being thankful, or sorry, or full of wonder, or concerned for someone we know and love. All this is where prayer starts. Help us to trust our instincts and to stretch them out before you regularly, for in this way we’ll deepen our relationship with you.

The disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

Loving God, there are people we care about who have a variety of needs right now. To pray for them is the best way we can love them. So we pray for the people who are on our hearts – in pain, awaiting an operation, feeling depressed, struggling with an impossible situation. Here they are now, Lord, for you to touch with your life …

The disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

Loving God, make us a praying church, one that not only prays and values prayer but also teaches about prayer and loves to pray. Make us a kind church, not judging each other’s spiritual maturity but simply acknowledging that we’re all beginners in prayer, a body of seekers exploring spirituality together. And remind us how many people outside formal church life either do pray or want to pray. Make us helpful to anyone with whom we might share the journey.

The disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

Loving God, ultimately words are not enough; they crumble to dust in the heat of your presence – they feel so puny and inadequate. Draw us deeper into the stillness of your eternal presence so that we may know you, or know we have opened our lives to you, or know we have wanted to open our lives to you. Whichever it is, it is enough.

Here we are, Lord, silently before you…..

The disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’

And he did.

We conclude our prayers by saying together

Merciful father, accept these our prayers

For the sake of your Son , Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

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4th Sunday of Easter, 25th April 2021

written by Joy Keefe 

We pray for the unity of our Christian Church that all those who hold faith in Christ, may we be drawn into the one-fold under the one Shepherd.

Strengthen Rev Elaine and all clergy as they lead their flocks during these difficult times and also  Paul our Bishop. May we in turn, support our clergy as they continue in their work as guardians of their flocks.

O Lord our shepherd. We shall not want.

We give thanks for scientists throughout the world. Particularly those who have developed vaccines for the Corona virus and in such record time.

May these vaccines be safe for all who receive them.

May the roll out of these vaccines continue to make a positive difference in the control of the spread of Covid 19 and may it be accessible to all nations whether rich or poor.

May people who are hesitant to receive the vaccine have access to helpful advice and information and not to be influenced with unverified rumours.

O Lord our Shepherd.  We shall not want.

We pray for families, friends and neighbours. We remember all frontline workers, doctors, nurses and support staff who have worked long hours and under so much pressure during this pandemic and with huge risks to their own and their family’s health.

We bring to mind three members of our congregation Laura, Rachel and Alice who have been part of these frontline workers. We pray for the continued safety of all such workers.

O Lord our Shepherd. We shall not want.

We pray for all those who have lost so much during this pandemic and continue to feel such losses whether it be the loss of loved ones or loss of jobs, loss of physical contact with family, loss of hugs and much more.

We remember those who continue to suffer from the debilitating effects of the virus many months later after having contacted it.

We think of all those who have been experiencing extreme loneliness because of isolation

Thank You Lord for the incredible acts of kindness that have emerged from all walks of life, people helping others in their hour of need during this dark period over the last twelve months.

May we all aspire to a brighter future with more compassion towards our fellow human beings.

May we continue to feel Your presence Lord in our daily lives.

O Lord our shepherd. We shall not want.

We give thanks for all of creation and the wonderful beauty of this world of which we have been gifted.

May we be faithful stewards of this beauty and treat our environment with respect.

Help us to leave behind our consumer demand for plastic and move towards behaviours  that are environmentally healthy.

May we tread gently on our world and leave it a better place for future generations.

Breathe Your Spirit on us so that we may care more deeply for Your earth

O Lord our Shepherd.  We shall not want.

Receive the souls of the departed from this life on earth who have followed their Shepherd.

May they be one with Him in the safety of the Heavenly fold.

May we fear not as Your “rod and staff” comfort all those left behind, we who live in the hope that one day we will also dwell in the “House of the Lord forever”.

With God’s love and goodness, we can dwell in His presence every day until we reach eternity with him.

O Lord our Shepherd. We shall not want.

In a moment of silence may we bring our own personal prayers to You  O Lord.

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We offer our prayers through Christ ,the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep

We conclude our prayers by saying together Merciful father, accept these our prayers For the sake of your Son , Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

3rd Sunday of Easter, 18th April 2021

written by Peter Coughlan 

As we pray together this morning, we continue to celebrate the joy of the resurrection of our Saviour and our friend Jesus. We count our many blessings and praise our loving Father who has called us ‘children of God’ . 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 our  seashores.  

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 to find the most  effective way through the effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic on all nations. May our chosen leaders show compassion so that vaccines are distributed fairly and the most vulnerable among us can be protected first. We remember especially counties with health care systems already under huge strain, we think of countries like Syria, Yemen, The Lebanon and many countries in sub Saharan Africa where the effects of war in their land, have made things so difficult – Be with all those who have lost their lives 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 Jesus was pure and had no sin. Help us to turn from our sins and strive to be more like Him. Help us to share the world’s many resources fairly and to support our brothers and sisters who are struggling. May a real change for good take place in all of us, may your will be done, and may our leaders govern all nations with integrity and humility, may they end the futile business of war and work towards a lasting peace for all peoples.

Lord in Your Mercy,  hear our prayer

We pray for Your church in all the world, for the unity of Christian people everywhere and for a greater understanding with those of other faiths.

Bless all Bishops and priests and all who share your Holy Word with others. We remember especially Bishop Paul and the challenge of leading our diocese in these difficult times. Draw very near to Canon Elaine and her family, strengthen her as she copes with daily restrictions to carry out her greatly valued ministry among us. Guide us all to be supportive and dedicated and to always strive 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 our Taoiseach Micheál Martin, and all those who bear great responsibility, 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, for all the brave staff who care tirelessly for them and for all our country’s essential workers  performing their vital tasks on our behalf.

We pray for our communities and families – we think especially of those battling with addiction, struggling with debt, refugees in direct provision, the lonely, the homeless, those who have suffered domestic abuse or neglect at this challenging time of lockdown or those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

In a few moments of silence now we bring before you our personal prayers for those  in need of your special 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 prayer from Rosamond Bennett of Christian Aid)

Dear Lord

You are the maker of heaven and earth

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 and watch over our coming and going,

both now and evermore. Amen

Almighty God we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger, Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

We conclude our prayers by saying together

Merciful father, accept these our prayers

For the sake of your Son , Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday of Easter, 11th April 2021

written by Kay Treacy

Let us bring our prayers to God, whose love for us has no end.

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 goodness of God’s mercy,
and his mercy never changes.
Help us to feel the resurrection hope in our lives.
God of love…Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, as you were with your disciples,
be with us no matter how full of doubt or fear we may be.
Through your Holy Spirit we pray that you will open our eyes too
and help us to see you as our risen Lord.
God of love…Hear our prayer

Long ago faithful women proclaimed the good news
of Jesus’ resurrection.
Teach us to keep faith with them,
that our witness may be as brave,
our love as deep, and our faith as true.
God of love…Hear our prayer

Jesus remained with his disciples after his resurrection,
teaching them to love all people.
Open our hearts to your power as we seek to be true friends
and to care for those who are our neighbours,
not only with words of comfort, but with acts of love.
We pray that, wherever your image is spoiled
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
you may be recognised in justice, love, and peace,
God of love…Hear our prayer

You call us to be people of faith, yet we are often people with doubts.
We doubt that love can grow again where there is anger and bitterness. You know the strength of love and the power of prayer.
Help us to be faithful. We doubt that peace can come to our troubled world. You know that peace is growing there. Help us to be peacemakers. We doubt that the hungry can be fed. You know that there is enough food in the world. Help us to share.
God of love…Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are filled with doubts, who wonder whether you exist, and whether you are listening to our prayers, who wonder what this whole community is about. We pray for those who doubt the purpose of life, who face feelings of meaningless and despair. Give them the wisdom to turn to you.
God of love…Hear our prayer

We pray for all those suffering mentally, physically or spiritually; for those who are burdened by poverty, disease, prejudice and fear; for those who are confused, or doubting their faith.
May Your light of hope shine in their darkness.

God of love…Hear our prayer

We pray for blessings on all medical and frontline workers who put
themselves and their families at risk daily in the course of their work. We thank them for their commitment and service to us all.
May we in turn respect and appreciate their sacrifices.

God of love…Hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves, that we may be a channel of your peace and love, as it is in the sharing of our personalities and gifts that others are healed. Jesus’ love is his promise. In our pain, he will be there. In our doubt, he will remain beside us. In our tiredness he will give us rest. In our hurt, he will stay with us. When we feel alone he will be there too.
As we recognise Jesus walking beside us may others see something of him in us. As we have been blessed may we be a blessing to others.
God of love…Hear our prayer

We say together
Merciful Father, Accept these our prayers,
For the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Easter Day 4th April 2021

Intercession Resource Book (SPCK 2018) © John Pritchard

Led by Richard Dring

The Easter story is full of powerful symbols that provide starting points for prayer. In our prayers we follow where they lead:

There was a stone that had been rolled away.

Risen Jesus, the stone over your tomb was no match for resurrection. It had to succumb to the power of a new creation breaking out of a grave. Most of us have tombs across which a stone lies heavy and
unmoved – tombs in which lie our fears and resentments, our buried sins and unsafe desires, our unhealed memories and unforgiven
insults. We remember now our own sealed tombs. . . Roll away the stones from those tombs, we pray. Give us new strength and resolve, and release us into a new day of freedom and joy.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son.

There were cloths that had wrapped Jesus’ body.

The body had gone. Those strips of cloth were lying empty and flat, no longer enclosing the beloved body that the women had come to anoint. Risen Jesus, we often wrap up out lives in the safety of different cloths that mask our insecurity – cloths of status, qualifications, a healthy bank balance, a full diary. But these cloths are like bandages, covering our wounds. Help us gently to unwind our defences and to stand
before you and the world covered in the only thing that matters: the love and compassion of God our Father. May our identity rest only in you.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son.

There was a gardener at dawn.

Mary thought you were the gardener, and she was right. You are the gardener of the new world that the resurrection has brought into being. This is the eighth day of creation. Help us as we help others to live in the new reality, confident that now new things are always possible and in the meantime we need not be afraid. May the conviction sink deep into our souls and be a source of endless hope.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son.

There were wounds in Jesus’ hands and side

Thomas needed hard evidence and there it was. Resurrection doesn’t involve the magical removal of past wounds and the wiping out of our history, but something more – the transformation of that history into something beautiful. Risen Jesus, take our hidden history with all its joy, pain and failure, and make it radiant, evidence of what
resurrection can do today. And what we pray for ourselves we pray too for those we love . . .
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son.

There was a simple meal at Emmaus.

A moment before, he had been there, sharing this simple meal.
And now he had disappeared and reality had lurched sideways.
This ordinary meal had revealed something extraordinary.
Risen Jesus, be with us at our table when we entertain our friends and family again. Reveal to us the joy of shared stories and
deepening relationships, the result of your presence in the simple
fellowship of tables. And may our homes be as open as that home at Emmaus so that we may be able to entertain you in our midst.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son.

Risen Jesus, through that stone, those cloths, that garden,
those wounds, that meal, you made real your resurrection.

Make real your resurrection in us,
and may we live that resurrection now and always.

Amen

Sunday 28th March 2021

From Times & Seasons

We stand with Christ in his suffering

For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For grace to seek out those habits of sin
which mean spiritual death,
and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them.
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For Christian people,
that through the suffering of disunity
there may grow a rich union in Christ,
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them, that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground.
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those who have the courage and honesty to work
openly for justice and peace.
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,
that they might find support and encouragement
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure,
or sorrow, feel that God is far from them,
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

That we, with those who have died in faith,
may find mercy in the day of Christ.
Let us pray to the Lord… Lord, have mercy

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

Sunday 21st March 2021

written by Rowland Njoku

Thank you Lord, our Heavenly Father and Eternal King of Glory

We praise you Lord for your overflowing mercies and your unfailing love towards us

Especially, we thank you as we renew our social and economic life with hope

 “A repentant heart, O God, thou wilt not despise”

Unite us to embrace love, peace and joy through service,  as we regain our freedom to interact with each other

Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray for all people, especially in Ireland

Bless us Lord, as we return to a time of hope and healing

Help us all to remain responsible as our health situation continues to improve

Guide and inspire our leaders with knowledge and wisdom to make the right decisions

Lord help us to embrace the duty of service to others in need

Inspire us all with gratitude and praise for one another

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we give thanks for those who work to save the lives of others

Give them courage and patience to continue in their good works

Build a hedge of your protection around them

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him”

and the Lord will defend all His people and their families

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord bless the Clergy and Laity who minister in our churches

Especially we pray for those in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.   Guide and bless our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, and our Rector, The Reverend Canon Elaine and members of their families

Bless all those who serve in the churches and the dioceses

Bless their ministries and support them in their families

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for your protection for members of our various communities.   We pray for the church at St John’s Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline   Revive the congregation in our churches as we reconvene to work and worship

Lord, we pray for love in our families, and to live in peace with our neighbours and our environment

Strengthen us in the wisdom of the Good News of Eternal life of Christ and help us to prosper in good works and to discover the divinity in the affairs of life

Bring restoration, of healing, hope and comfort, to those in sorrow, pain, or any suffering

Help us all to be fruitful and to serve one another with the love with which we have been entrusted through Christ

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, let us gently bring our individual prayers before the Lord, for our needs and for the need of our loved ones ……….

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

LET US SHARE THE GRACE TOGETHER:

THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH US NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN

Sunday 14th March 2021

written by Clodagh King

Heavenly Father we bring to you in our prayers today all whom we love, for our family, our friends and our neighbours.
Help us all to live so that we may strengthen and enrich the life of the family, help us to build with you the kind of family which welcomes the stranger, the lonely and the needy.
On this special day we remember that all through our lives we have reason to be thankful for our mothers.
When we are babies they do everything for us and spend much of their time feeding us and keeping us warm, safe and clean.
When we are children they teach us, help and comfort us sharing our hobbies and our ideas, encouraging us and keeping us happy
When we marry and have families of our own they still support us , advise us and share our troubles and our joys
When they grow old themselves they still love and care about us, though they may be weak and tired.
We thank you heavenly father for our mothers, for all they have done for us and pray that the love they show for 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

Heavenly Father we remember that whist we celebrate Mothers Day today there are those who do not feel happy, those who are sick, those who are sad, lonely, or away from their families, those families where there is conflict, Father we place each of them in your gentle hands that they may know the comfort, reconciliation and peace which your love brings.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Creator God, as we see the brokenness of our world we pray for healing among the nations; for food where there is hunger; for freedom where there is oppression; for joy where there is pain; that your love may bring peace to all your children. 

We especially pray for all mothers who have to raise their children in places where there is war, famine, terrorism and great uncertainty. For mothers who have had to flee conflict to a different country or are far from their homes and their relatives. For mothers who have been unable to meet with their children because of Coronavirus and for those who have had to cope with home learning with their children whilst still doing all of their everyday work.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the family of the Church.

We pray that all may find in her their true home; that the lonely, the marginalized, the rejected may be welcomed and loved. On this day we pray especially for all those who long to be parents, for those who have to work away from their children and those who have suffered the pain of losing their child. We pray especially for all those for whom Mothering Sunday is a day of pain and regret.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

MERCIFUL FATHER, ACCEPT THESE PRAYERS,

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SON, OUR SAVIOUR,

JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

AMEN.

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Sunday 7th March 2021

written by Kevin Ryan

LOVING GOD, YOU SPOKE TO MOSES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. YOU GAVE HIM THE COMMANDMENTS, AS THE PERFECT ROADMAP TO LEAD US TO YOU. YOU GAVE US THE GUIDELINES WE NEED FOR HARMONIOUS LIVING … WITH EACH OTHER, AND IN UNION WITH THE WONDERFUL WORLD YOU CREATED. HELP US TO INTERPRET AND LIVE BY YOUR “COMMANDMENTS”, FOR THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR YOUR GLORY.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

LORD, YOUR GLORY IS PROCLAIMED, EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY, IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE WORLD YOU CREATED. HELP US TO RECOGNISE IT AND RESPECT ITS BEAUTY, EVEN WHEN IT’S SOMETIMES DAMAGED AND WOUNDED.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

LORD, WE PRAY FOR THE COLLECTIVE SUFFERING AND FRUSTRATION OF OUR WORLD AT THIS TIME. WE GRIEVE PRECIOUS LIVES LOST, AND VULNERABLE LIVES THREATENED. WE ACHE FOR OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBOURS, AS WE STAND BEFORE AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE. WE PRAY: “MAY LOVE, NOT FEAR, GO VIRAL”!

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

LORD, THE WORLD IS FULL OF UNCERTAINTY AND FRUSTRATION AT PRESENT, BECAUSE OF COVID-19 AND BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES RESULTING FROM IT. WE SOMETIMES FEEL ANGER, AS JESUS DID WHEN HE DROVE THE DEALERS OUT OF THE TEMPLE. HELP US TO BE TEMPERATE AND CONSIDERATE IN OUR EXPRESSION OF THESE FRUSTRATIONS. HELP US TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND REVEAL TO US NEW AND CREATIVE WAYS TO COME TOGETHER IN A SPRIT OF SOLIDARITY, RATHER THAN IN AN ATTITUDE OF AGGRESSION AND DISSENTION.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

WE PRAY, LORD, FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND ALL INVOLVED IN DECISION-MAKING REGARDING HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES THESE DAYS. INSPIRE THEM TO BE DISCERNING AND HELP THEM TO CHOOSE WISELY. HELP THEM TO BE ATTUNED TO WHAT’S BEST FOR THE COMMON GOOD.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

WE PRAY, LORD FOR OUR RELIGIOUS LEADERS, WHOSE ENTHUSIASM AND SELFLESS SERVICE IS SUSTAINING US THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. WE PRAY FOR BISHOP PAUL, CANON ELAINE AND OUR LAY READERS AND THEIR FAMILIES … THAT BY YOUR GRACE, THEY’LL CONTINUE, IN GOOD HEALTH, TO BE ABLE TO SERVE YOU, AND FULFILL THEIR APOSTOLATE.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

LORD, WE REMEMBER ALSO, THE RELENTLESS EFFORTS OF OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS – IN OUR HOSPITALS AND RIGHT ACROSS SOCIETY. WE PRAY THAT AS THEY, INEVITABLY, FEEL DISCOURAGED UNDER THE STRAIN OF PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES, YOU WILL IMBUE THEM WITH THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO CARRY ON.

Lord hear us! Lord graciously hear us!

LOVING GOD, HELP US TO KNOW THAT YOUR DESIRE IS FOR OUR WHOLENESS AND WELL-BEING! CALL US TO PROFOUND TRUST IN YOUR FAITHFUL PRESENCE, YOU, THE GOD WHO DOES NOT ABANDON US, YOU, THE HOLY ONE, BREATHING WITHIN US, BREATHING AMONG US, BREATHING AROUND US … IN OUR BEAUTIFUL YET WOUNDED WORLD.

MERCIFUL FATHER, ACCEPT THESE PRAYERS,

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SON, OUR SAVIOUR,

JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

AMEN.

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Sunday 28th February 2021

The prayers today were written by the women of Vanuatu for the Women’s World Day of Prayer 2021 and are read by Deirdre Whitley, Hilary Warren-Perry and Valerie Andrew.

 

 Let us be thankful for the great blessings God has given us.

We thank you Lord our God for you are good and your love endures forever.

We give thanks that you are able to bring hope even through the toughest of times and that you are always with us and will never leave us.

We thank you Lord for the fellowship we have with each other and with sisters and brothers gathered around the world for this year’s World Day of Prayer.

We thank you Lord for the fertile lands, for the fresh air, clean environment, beautiful sunshine, blue seas and still waters of Vanuatu Islands.

We thank you Lord for the sweet singing of birds, the sound of animals and the unique life that abounds in the sea and rivers. Thank you also for rain and waterfalls, all of which powerfully declare to us your greatness.

We thank you Lord for the sound of children singing, laughing and shouting and for the prayers of young and old, all of which manifest the joy of your love. We are thankful for the great things God has done for us.

Let us be united in prayer with Vanuatu and the world.

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we give you thanks that there are many countries, like Vanuatu, whose peoples live in harmony and peace despite their ethnic, cultural and religious differences.   We pray for peace, compassion and reconciliation amongst all peoples and nations, especially in the war torn areas of our world.   We pray for the unity of leaders to stand against injustice, abuse, inequality or discrimination in the world.

Lord, help us to appreciate and accept each other’s differences and so live in harmony with one another.

Lord, we remember those who live in places like Vanuatu prone to natural disasters of floods, hurricanes, cyclones and volcanoes. We are all well aware how climate change and the misuse of the world’s natural resources are affecting our beautiful planet. We pray that we will listen and act on the

advice of experienced conservationists.   Lord, help us to build a better future for our children’s children.

Father God, we give thanks for all those who have given and are giving themselves so generously to save the lives of others. We pray that you will give comfort to those who are sick, those who are bereaved and those who have suffered all kinds of difficulties. Amen.

Heavenly Father, may your love be known and celebrated throughout the world. May your will for happiness and peace be realised in the hearts of all.    Give us strength to live our daily calling; to face darkness uncertainty and pain with courage and love.   Forgive us the wrong we do and the hurt we cause others and help us to forgive those who have hurt us.

Help us, also, to realise that there are many paths to your truth and love and that others know and understand you differently.   Keep us from despair and all unnecessary anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of that day when your light will shine more fully in our hearts. For yours is the earth with all its fullness; the word and all its peoples and the pledge of a new world to come. Amen.

God our Father, we thank you for your loving presence within each one of us. We pray that you will guide and restore us, so that we may bring your will into our homes, communities and nations.  As we go out from this service, let us remember the words of Jesus. Let us be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.

Sunday 21st February 2021

written by Rowland Newenham

  

Lord, we pray for the global church community, and also for our own churches, and we pray for those who minister amongst us; help us to remember that they too need assistance and encouragement. Help us, O Lord, to reach out and support those who minister with us, and we pray especially for Elaine, our Rector, for Paul, our Bishop, and for Richard, our diocesan lay reader.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, as we start our Lenten journey, we remember that Christ underwent great suffering and made the ultimate sacrifice for us with His own life. Help us as we embark on our Lenten journey and assist us especially at this time of pandemic to hold firm, and to do what is right for our nation and for ourselves. We also remember at this time the charities which are struggling to receive funds.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray at this time for all refugees around the world. Life must be exceptionally difficult in refugee camps at the best of times, but in this era of illness and pandemic to try and contain the virus while trying to simply survive in a refugee camp must be extremely challenging, and we pray that You will be present with them at this time of their journey through life.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all students, but especially for Leaving Certificate students at this time, as they desperately try to continue with their studies, without actually knowing with any certainty what examination method they are going to have to undertake to determine their future. Help them to concentrate on their studies, and to have acceptance on  matters outside of their control.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for those who are ill from Covid 19, or any other illness, stress or anxiety.  Help them in their anguish and provide comfort as they strive to get better. We also remember at this time those families for whom the pandemic is causing great hardship. Help us to understand the financial imbalance that is being caused.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all those recently bereaved. They are unable to reach out for the support and sympathy of friends and family at a time when they most need it, and we pray that You will be present to listen to them in their time of need during the days and weeks after their bereavement and the solitude and grief that the loss of a loved one brings.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us.

As the days lengthen, as the weather improves, as the birds begin to nest, and as winter turns to spring we pray O Lord that You may give us optimism and hope for better days ahead.

And we conclude by saying together:

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

Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Sunday 14th February 2021

written by Helen Arnopp

Loving God this morning we pray for your worldwide Christian church which continues to reach out to people even in these strange times of Covid 19.  We ask you for your continued support for all political leaders worldwide to give them continued strength and wisdom as they work in the best interest of the people they are called to serve. 

We pray for the world which struggles to live justly and in peace. 

We pray for those who have to search for daily food or walk long distances for clean water.  We remember with sadness those whose lives are cut short by disease or violence, and those who have fled their homes in fear. 

Lord of Love – Hear our prayer.

Dear Lord we thank you for all our educators who continue to reach out to all pupils in a virtual way since the beginning of this year.  We pray that as pupils and teachers commence half term that they relax and enjoy their time away from screens and take to the outdoors to acknowledge the wonders of nature as new life begins to emerge from their winter sleeps.  We thank you for the vitality and diversity of the natural world. 

We pray that when they return to their virtual classrooms they will feel refreshed and energised.

Lord of Love – Hear our prayer.

Dear Lord we pray for those for whom these days may seem long and hard, for those ill in hospital or ill at home, those struggling with despair or depression, those waiting for a job or a friend to contact them via the phone or social media. We ask you to comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind or spirit that they may feel your presence and bring them joy of your salvation.

Lord of Love – Hear our prayer.

Loving Lord, we remember before you our family, friends and
communities where we live. We pray for the continued support and guidance of Paul our bishop and Elaine our rector and we ask that you grant them time for reflection and prayer as they continue with their
virtual ministry in our lives.
We continue to pray for front-line workers and their support staff and in particular at this time, those who will commence the administration of the Covid Vaccine in centres across the country.
In these difficult times of lock-down, we ask for your strength to deal with the separation from family friend and loved ones.
We also remember before you those who have died, the close relation who we still miss, the friend whose early death will always sadden us, the people in the news who died tragically this week.

Lord of Love – Hear our prayer.

The gospel reading today tells us of the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor which is in the far east of the Jezreel Valley in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel. It is a low mountain of about 600 metres.
The gospel is telling us that while Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. Heavenly father we thank you for the manifestation of your power,
and we know that you do not let things remain the same when in your presence. We pray that we become transfigured in your presence and we pray that when people see us, they see you in our works and deeds.

Lord of Love – Hear our prayer.

We finish our prayers by saying

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

 

Sunday 7th February 2021

written by Hilary Dring

‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’ (Jer 5:24)

Springtime!  the promise of new life

Springtime!  the potential for growth

Springtime!  the hope of harvests to come

‘The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.’ (Bern Williams)

Creator God, you sent forth your Spirit and created the amazing universe in which we live. As the hymn says “in your love for us you lent us this planet, gave it a purpose in time and in space: small as a spark from the fire of creation, cradle of life and the home of our race.” 

Thank you that you continue to pour yourself out into all that is; each day our world continues to exist because you breathe life into it. You delight in every part of what you have made, including us. Help us never to take life for granted. May we begin each day with a sense of gratitude for the opportunities we have to love and to serve one another. Give us grace to notice the little things, the ordinary things: as we heard from Rev Julia last week, it is in the ordinary things of life that we can experience the extraordinary.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

 Lord Jesus Christ, you were in the beginning with God. What an amazing thought! All things came into being through you, and without you not one thing came into being. What has come into being in you was life, and the life was the light of all people. This past week we have turned from Christmas towards Easter, from winter towards spring and from darkness towards light. Spring is a time of hope, a time of new life, of longer, brighter days. Yet we don’t find it easy to be positive after we have just experienced the darkest month of the pandemic so far. We pray for all who are finding this a really tough time, who are lonely, who are struggling and do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. May there be even one person in their lives who can bring them a glimmer of light to help them to keep going. Be close to those who are ill in hospital, isolated and afraid, and we ask for your comfort for all who have been bereaved during this time. May those who have died rest in peace and may we be filled with the hope we have in you.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Holy Creative Spirit, you have blessed us with the ability to create, whether it is baking a cake, painting a picture, gardening, making music or creating a moment of joy for a loved one. You have created us as social beings; being creative and connecting with one another is so good for our well-being. Help us, in the midst of restrictions and separation, to find ways to both create and connect. We think of all the children and young people who are studying and learning at home, especially those with special needs and those who are vulnerable and at risk. Help all the stakeholders to work out a way for schools to reopen soon so that our children can once again enjoy all the benefits that being at school brings them. We pray for all in authority, for those who make far reaching decisions – give them wisdom to do what is best for everyone and help us all to stick with the advice we are given, so that soon we can once again meet with our loved ones, go to work and do the things which we enjoy.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

We finish our prayers by saying  Merciful Father,  accept these, our prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN

Sunday 31st January 2021

written by Joy Keefe
 Dear Lord we pray for the worldwide Christian Church which like everything else has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Please continue to guide our Church leaders as they embrace different ways of accessing their congregations.   As we pray in our individual homes around our country and other Christians around the world, may we remind ourselves that we are still united as one family.

May we lift our hearts together in prayer.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort.   Hear our prayer.

Dear Lord,  today we, mark the presentation of Jesus in The Temple, the first time that He had been recognized as the Messiah. Simeon a devout man had been waiting for this day as he had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen Jesus Christ. A peace came over Simeon as all he had been promised had been fulfilled.

May we too receive this peace from our Lord and Saviour.

May we continue to remember the great sacrifice that Christ has made for us and the gifts from Him that have been bestowed upon us.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our prayer.

In these times of great fear and anxiety when we are constantly reminded to keep well apart and to keep our distance from each other, may we be reminded that this does not apply to You O Lord, and that the opportunity to grow closer to You is always there for us 24/7. May we be reminded of Your comfort and peace that is always waiting for us.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our prayer

Lord we pray for political leaders and governments worldwide.

Guide them Lord as they try to balance the economic side with the human risk factor.   We also pray for all our frontline workers and their support staff. Grant them vision and resilience as they try help heal all in their care and may we support them by doing all that we can, to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our Prayer

We pray for parents with young families during these times where parenting skills are much more demanding and so much more patience needed as well as the ability to home school.

We also pray for those who live alone and are experiencing extreme loneliness.

We remember especially parents of children with special needs. Many of these children depend on routine and might not be able to understand why the routines that they had know have been taken from them.

We remember families that are experiencing hardship within their homes especially dysfunctional families.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those in need of healing whether physical, mental or

emotional.

We remember those who are under pressure financially because of the pandemic.

Grant O Lord to those families that are struggling, a clear mind so that they can deal with their problems.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our prayer

We pray for all those who have lost loved ones especially from

 COVID-19 related illnesses.

To lose loved ones is so heart breaking from an earthly point of view, but may we hold onto the promise and hope of Eternal Life when we will all meet again.

May we show ourselves to be the light in the darkness to whomever we can, and may the Light of Heaven perpetually shine on those bereaved.

Lord the giver of Peace and Comfort. Hear our prayer

In a moment of silence may we bring our own personal prayers to O Lord.

We say together:

Merciful Lord, accept these our prayers,

for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday 24th January 2021

Written by Peter Coughlan

In today’s Psalm we read those wonderfully encouraging words  “Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul ,for in Him is my hope. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold so that I shall not be shaken”

With confidence in God’s everlasting support, we bring our prayers to our loving Father through his Son Jesus Christ.

Let us pray.

For Our World

Lord we thank you for the world you have made for us and we pray for it now and for all your children.

Bless all world leaders with vision and foresight. Help them with their decision making related to the control of the spread of the Covid Virus and for the roll out of vaccines.
Give them hearts to work for peace and a fair distribution of the earth’s riches. May they bravely seek to end war and conflict and promote understanding and kindness.

We remember especially America’s newly inaugurated President, Joe Biden help him and his government to bring calm and hope, to unite all American people, to heal those damaged relationships within the country and with other nations.
Guide us and all world leaders to care responsibly for our planet, and to treasure and preserve the beauty of nature and of all living creatures for the generations to come.

(Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer)

For our Country

We pray for our country, for our government and our Health leaders – guide them in their daily decision making relating to this current challenging situation.

Bless all the amazing essential frontline workers in our land who bravely and selflessly work around the clock to keep us all well.

Be with our health care and care home workers and all those work with children and adults with special needs.
Be with the parents and carers who are stuggling during isolation to care for those who may have severe difficulties and cannot understand the current restrictions.
Keep them all safe Lord God as they carry out their duties for the benefit of us all.

(Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer)

We remember today those who in the past have experienced intolerable cruelty in their lives – we think especially on Holocaust Memorial Day of all those victims of the unimaginable genocide against the Jewish people.

In our own country too we must remember and learn from dark periods in our history such as the cruelty experienced by so many  mother and baby homes.

We know these events must have caused you so much pain Lord God – Forgive us and help us to do all we possibly can to prevent such things from ever happening again

(Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer)


For our Church

We pray for Your church in all the world, for understanding and cooperation between those of different faiths and for the unity of Christian people everywhere.

Bless Bishop Paul, Canon Elaine and all who share your Good News with others. Help us to be a welcoming church, thank you for all those who continue to help us participate in our services.
We pray also for our wonderful Diocesan chaplains and their invaluable work visiting those who are unwell in our hospitals cut off from their loved ones.

Strengthen them and protect them in this vital calling.

(Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer)

For Ourselves

Lord you know we are all anxious at this time, sometimes we can’t put our finger on exactly why we feel uneasy and unsure.

But we know you are with us every step of the way that you are our constant protector and that you will lead us through.
We thank you for the longer evenings and the promise of Springtime – of new growth and fresh beginnings.

Draw near to those who are sick or worried or feeling low or in hospital without visitors. Bless those suffering with their physical or mental health, Comfort those who are lonely or mourning the loss of a loved one –

In a few moments of silence now we bring you our private prayers for those known to us in need of your Love and care at this time……

May Your peace be with those who are anxious

May your comfort be with those who are grieving

May your healing be upon those who are unwell

May your hope fill those who are fearful

May your compassion prompt us to love our neighbours

(Lord in your Mercy , Hear our Prayer)

Almighty God we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,

Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

We say together:

Merciful Lord, accept these our prayers,

for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

.

Sunday 17th January

Written by Kay Treacy

A New Year, new beginnings,

all can be made possible through

God’s love.

As we look back on the past year

and all that has taken place in our world,

we remember the very hard strange times we have lived through,

and we give thanks for Your unfailing presence through it all.

We recognise each experience for the good that has come of it,

and for the knowledge we have gained.

We remember the efforts we have made,

We remember the love we have shared,

We remember the hard times,  and the tears.

As we reflect on the past year, we also think of the new one to come,

because most importantly,

this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life.

We come before you today Lord in need of hope.

Each new day is a gift from You.

Teach us all to make the very best of it that we can.

‘To come and see’.

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

May we take the time to set new goals for ourselves.

To walk in Your footsteps.

To be gentle and caring,   

to not judge others,

to be a friend,  to ease someone’s burden,

but most of all  to love others as You first loved us.

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

In this coming year, may we listen more carefully

to that still-small voice that whispers in our hearts,

summoning us to pray to You.

May we never be more than a prayer away from You, Father.

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

May we be filled with hope.

May we have the resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each day.

May we be the church wherever we are

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your blessings

on those dealing with, and handling the present situation

and we give grateful thanks for all their commitment and effort. 

We pray for all those affected by the virus,                                   

those who are vulnerable.

We pray that each one of us will take responsibility for our part

in keeping each other safe.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

We ask You to bring Your healing touch

to those who are sick,  afraid,  lonely,  or worried, 

We take a few moments for our own special prayers………

We lift them up to You Lord

Bless them and give them peace and healing, comfort and hope.

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

May God make our year a happy one.

Strengthening us to bear it  as it comes;

Taking fear from our hearts;

Keeping our faces bright,   even in the shadows;

Lord in Your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

Here we are Lord,

help us to have  a generous, open heart

with a readiness to listen.

May we be aware that we are a conduit of Your Holy Spirit.

May God’s love, peace, hope and joy be with us all for the year ahead,

Amen.

We conclude our prayers by saying together:

Merciful Lord, accept these our prayers,

for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday 10th January

written by Simon Woodworth

Almighty God, in our readings this week we hear your Word about the

beginning of the world and the start of Jesus’ journey.

At this time of beginnings, we face into a year filled with uncertainty and hope. We bring before you our prayers and thanks in the sure knowledge that you are listening.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

We pray for the leaders of our church, especially Canon Elaine, our Rector, and Paul our Bishop. As they follow in John the Baptist’s footsteps, we ask you to guide, O Lord, our clergy who are facing into another period of delivering services online. Hold our parishes close as we reach out to each other by ‘phone, by post or online.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

Defend, God, our nations and local communities. Our leaders face difficult choices as they decide on what is best for our nation’s health and well being. Our people are hurt, confused and afraid. Merciful and ever-loving Lord, grant all of us the wisdom to do what is best for our collective good.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

We remember and pray, especially, Lord, for those who are sick or vulnerable, and for those who care for them. We also remember all those who are on the frontline, especially our doctors, nurses and hospital staff. Comfort those who are bereaved and protect those who are especially at risk from COVID-19. We ask you, Lord, to wrap them all in your loving embrace.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

In a moment of silence, Lord, we bring to you our own concerns and prayers:

…..

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

Loving God, we have asked a lot of you over the past year. We are grateful for your infinite wisdom and mercy. We thank you for listening to our prayers. We thank you for the life and sacrifice of your son Jesus, and his and our baptism for the forgiveness of our sins. We remember, Lord, that all things in the heavens above and the Earth below – even the coronavirus – are created by you. We thank you for bringing us to the start of this year and to better times ahead.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

We conclude our prayers by saying together:

Merciful Lord, accept these our prayers,

for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

.

Christmas Services Intercessions

from Times and Seasons

Let us pray to Jesus our Saviour,

Christ born in a stable,

give courage to all who are homeless,

Jesus, Saviour,

Hear our prayer.

Christ, for whom the angels sang,

give the song of the kingdom to all who weep.

Jesus, Saviour,

Hear our prayer.

Christ, worshipped by the shepherds,

give peace on earth to all who are oppressed.

Jesus, Saviour,

Hear our prayer.

Christ, before whom the wise men knelt,

give humility and wisdom to all who govern,

Jesus, Saviour,

Hear our prayer.

Christ, whose radiance filled a lowly manger,

give the glory of your resurrection to all who rest in you.

Jesus, Saviour,

Hear our prayer.

Jesus, Saviour, child of Mary,

you know us and love us,

you share our lives

and hear our prayer.

Glory to you for ever.   Amen.

PRAYERS FOR 20TH DECEMBER, 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

written by Richard Dring

We pray for the Church throughout the world especially Church leaders as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth with all the challenges presented. We pray for your help and guidance as we balance the need to come together to  celebrate Jesus birth and the need to keep apart to reduce the spread of Covid.   We pray for patience and understanding among us all as we are affected by guidelines that restrict what we may like to and we place our trust in you to help us through this season.

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

We pray for the needs of the world and for your guidance for all those in authority who will determine the priorities for vaccination going forward. As we all look forward to an end of the current restrictions worldwide we pray that the decisions made benefit all people in a balanced way. We pray for your guidance and wisdom to ensure treatment reaches all those in need no matter where they are.

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

We pray for our families and friends bringing to mind all those around us who have missed out on family celebration this year. We think of families where the birth of a new baby was alone and where Grand parents have not seen their grandchildren. We also remember families where loved ones have died and no send off was possible. We pray that this will change in the year ahead and that our lives move on to allow us to come together to celebrate and remember past and future events again.

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

We pray for your help and support as we look for new ways to celebrate this Christmas together but apart. We look to your guidance and inspiration so we can learn from what has happened and be able to adapt new ways of coming together that help take some of the stress from us so we have more time for you and each other in the future

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

We pray for those in need, remembering those who like Joseph and Mary are looking for shelter and warmth each day. We give thanks for all those who have risen to the challenges presented this year and are still dedicating time to care for those in need.

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

We give you thanks for all those who have shown compassion to all in need, in many cases ignoring the personal risk to comfort those in need. We remember and give thanks for the generosity shown through the pictures of healthcare workers hugging those in need and scared of the future. We give you thanks for so many individuals who have give so much to care for others in need. We give thanks for individuals like Adam King who brought a smile to all our faces  and are an inspiration to us all.

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

We remember and give you thanks for so many workers who have made sure we have the food and medicines we take for granted each and every day. We give you thanks for their dedication to our needs.

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

Lord may Christmas be good news for millions of your anxious and tired people this year. May the angels sing for them. May Christ be born in them.  May your love come home to them.

Amen

We end our prayers by saying together..

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 forever.  Amen.

.

PRAYERS FOR 13TH DECEMBER, 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

written by Clodagh King

Merciful God, may your blessing be upon all those who are in pain or sickness, those who are anxious or troubled. We know that you are always present with us, even when sometimes you seem far away. Help us feel your presence when we pass through dark places and sustain us and all who suffer through our pains and sorrows.

We raise before you those from our community who are ill, hospitalised or recuperating and for those we know within our families and circle of friends. We especially pray for any we know who recently died and are on that journey to you.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Gracious God forgive us for those times when we treat ourselves with less kindness than you do. We want to believe in ourselves the way you believe in us and so as we go out to live the coming week show us more of the life you have designed especially for us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Faithful God, as we continue this Advent journey, teach us to turn to you in times of joy and pleasure as well as we do when faced with fear and sorrow. Help us put our differences behind us and to unite behind the great commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations and all people.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for our families, friends and neighbours as they prepare and look forward to Christmas. Help us as we try to set an example of a true spirit of preparation for that incredibly precious gift of the Christ-child. May they too experience the true meaning of Christmas and know your love for them.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

We end our prayers by saying together..

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 for evermore, Amen.

PRAYERS FOR 6TH DECEMBER, 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

written by Hilary Dring, Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union

Compassionate, kind and gentle God, we do not always see you in this way; sometimes we forget that you are a God who longs for us to experience your love, and to live in loving relationships with each other. Today we have heard the words, ‘Comfort, o comfort my people’ and also that you ‘… will feed your flock like a shepherd, gather the lambs in your arms, … and gently lead the mother sheep.’ What a beautiful picture of care and tenderness.  Give us courage to truly believe you and to put our trust in you at all times, remembering that you are faithful – even when we feel that we have failed you. 

He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms.

Just and righteous God, it pains you to see how much hurt, violence and destruction there is in the world. It is not how you want it to be. The thing is, you have called us to be your church, your body, your hands, your voice, in this world. We can speak out against injustice and against evil. You have given all of us the ability to make choices. By our choices we can help to prepare the way of the Lord and make the paths straighter and easier for others who are suffering, or we can perpetuate the status quo. Help us always to remember that every choice we make has an impact on others and on our world; give us the grace to make wise and loving choices.

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Healing and consoling God, we are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. We thank you for the hope of a vaccine next year and for all those who are working so hard to get it ready as soon as is safely possible. At the same time we are still finding things difficult; so many people and businesses are struggling. There are so many challenges still ahead of us. We continue to pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk through what is a tough time. May the season of Advent, of waiting, help us to tune in to you a little more than usual, and may we be still enough to hear your still small voice in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people

Life-giving God, we pray for those who are suffering with sickness of all kinds, both physical and mental, and for all who are caring for them; we pray for our healthcare workers who are so exhausted and do not see any end to the demands placed on them at the moment. May they feel valued and cared for. We remember all who have died and all who have lost a loved one during this time and pray that you will comfort and console them.

Let your steadfast love become their comfort 

according to your promise.

We take a few moments to be still with our own thoughts and prayers and bring them to you, trusting in your unfailing love…

Hear our cry, O God;

listen to our prayer. 

We finish with a special prayer written by a Mothers’ Union member to use during the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence. We think especially of all those in our communities who are affected by domestic violence.

Loving Lord, your care and love are ever present in our lives. We pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world who live in situations of abuse and violence. Give them hope in their hopelessness; help them find strength in their weakness; grant them freedom from their oppression; transform their brokenness into wholeness; and heal their wounds, visible and invisible. Grant us all the courage and wisdom, grace and humility, to act at all times with compassion and care. And grant all who are harmed by abuse or coercion, peace through justice.                           

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We finish with 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 for evermore, Amen.

(The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign beginning on 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ending on 10th December, International Human Rights Day. Since March 2020 there has been 43% increase in calls to Women’s Aid in Ireland. It is estimated 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner (UN). Mothers’ Union works to highlight and combat abuse against men and women throughout the year. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Against Women, Mothers’ Union, specifically highlight the

disproportionate effect of gender-based violence on women.) 

PRAYERS FOR 29TH NOVEMBER, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

written by Rowland Njoku

Dear Lord and father of mankind, we thank you, and put our faith in your great mercy and unfailing love as we pray for our need. We pray for wisdom and strength for the international community, heads of governments and chairs of institutions. Lord we pray for your grace in their commitment and effort to restore social and economic activities in all works of life. We pray for peace and unity for the people and governments all over the world. Especially we pray for the government of Nigeria and the ‘end-SARS’ protesters. We pray that the Nigerian government and its institutions will embrace the rule of law in their administration and governance, and to address the genuine needs of their people. We pray for the people and the government of the United States of America. Especially we pray for all the people to embrace unity and peace in the outcome of the 2020 election.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray for the people and government of Ireland, that you may guide our leaders with wisdom to effectively address the issues in relation to the Pandemic and Brexit. We pray for workers in health institutions, pharmaceutical industries and all the people involved in resolving the challenges of our health. Especially we pray for doctors, nurses and all frontline workers who face the risk of COVID-19. We pray for their safety and courage as they discharge their duties. Lord we pray that we may soon return to normal activities in all works of life.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for the Clergy and Laity. Especially for those in charge of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. We pray that you may guide and bless our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton and his family. Bless Reverend Canon Elaine and her family in her continued effort to sustain the Churches in Carrigaline Union of Parishes. We pray for all people who provide services at St John’s and St Mary’s Church. Lord, bless them and their families and support their ministry with your Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for our local community and our Churches. Especially the congregation at St John’s Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline. Strengthen us as we begin the advent season, and grant us the grace to experience the beauty and joy of the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to live in love with our families and to be at peace with our neighbours. Heal the sick among us, provide for our needs and comfort those who are in pain, sorrow or suffering.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, let us gently bring our individual prayers before the Lord, for our needs and for our loved ones …………

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

LET US SHARE THE GRACE TOGETHER:

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.

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PRAYERS FOR 22ND NOVEMBER, LAST SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT, THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST

Written by Kay Treacey

 Lord Jesus, we give thanks that You are the light of the world, guiding our steps on Your path. You teach Your faithful people to answer Your call and love one another.  We pray that we may seek You with our whole hearts.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

Loving Shepherd, You lead and guide, You walk alongside all of your sheep, those of us who are lost, those of us who have gone astray, and those who stay close. We are grateful for Your loving care  and give thanks.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

You are always prepared and keeping watch. You came to seek the lost and gather them to Your fold. We rely on Your care,  and we find comfort in Your love. May we always be able to identify Your kindness and goodness. Help us to recognise Your voice  and not be allured by the madness of this world. Strengthen and help us that in our lives we walk with You and serve You.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

Loving Shepherd, You care for your flock all over the world.   All those places where there is such hardship  , where so many people walk in fear, suffering, and despair. Bring unity to those working for peace and understanding between communities. May we ourselves respond with prayer and giving.                                                       

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

In Your name, You have gathered Your people to form the church. May we use Your church to bless the communities in which we live,  to refresh and revive the weary and hurting,  to equip your people for works of love and service, to live the message of the gospel,  to demonstrate Your faithfulness, kindness and love.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

We pray for our own flock and give thanks for the blessing of our church family. Give us strength to live as followers of You in this world. May we work together, using the gifts and abilities You have given us to faithfully love and serve one another, to listen and to respond and to provide a haven of safety and refuge for those in need. We pray that we have unity amid diversity, and love each other faithfully, regardless of culture or background.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your guidance and blessing on those dealing with, and handling the situation of the covid-19 virus, and we give thanks for all their commitment and effort. We give thanks for the positive news about vaccines. We pray for all those affected by the virus, those close contacts who are isolating and are very concerned, those who are vulnerable.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

We ask You to bring Your healing touch to those who are sick,  afraid,  lonely,  or worried,  We ask You to restore those who have lost their way.

We take a few moments for our own special prayers………

We lift them up to You Lord May they find peace and healing, comfort and hope, in Your loving presence.

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

Thank You for the remembrance of loved ones no longer with us;
for their inspiring words, encouragement, love and support,
an example for us to follow. Bring comfort to those coming to terms with loss. Be with them in their sorrow, uphold them with Your strength,

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer

Bless us Lord in our believing….In our questioning  

Bless us in our doubting….In our questing  

Bless us in our journey of faith.

Merciful Father, Accept these our prayers,

For the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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PRAYERS FOR 15TH NOVEMBER, 2ND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

written by Joy Keefe

In the power of the Holy Spirit let us pray.

We pray for all Christian Churches during these challenging times.

We thank you Lord for Church leaders who are reaching out to their congregations by different methods other than our normal Sunday worship.  We especially thank Canon Elaine for all she does to keep us connected during these difficult times.  We also thank you Lord for our organists who provide our music by different means  at the moment. May the Lord bless Simon for continuing to bring us our virtual Sunday Services.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

Today in Matthews Gospel we heard the parable of the talents which teaches us that God always gives us everything we need in order to do what he has called us to do. We may we use our God given talents in the service of our Lord and Saviour.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

As we remain in lockdown at the moment may we continue to be diligent

in our efforts to abide by our temporary restrictions. As we live through these times of uncertainty and fear, may we reach out in a safe manner to those to whom we can support. As Covid-19 impacts all our lives, O Lord grant us solace, strength and comfort during these difficult times.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for the wider world that is torn by conflict in many places.

May the powerful use their power with respect for all over whom they rule. Guide political leaders to break through barriers that divide people and whole nations.  Give peace among nations and between races. Where there is hostility bring understanding, where there is suspicion bring trust and draw us all together for the common good. May we show respect for others despite each other’s differences.

Lord hear us.  Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for the disadvantaged, those living in refugee camp, or direct provision and those who live on the streets. May everything possible be done  to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to  these vulnerable people. Some without the basic need of water for hand washing which leaves them very exposed to this virus. We remember those who have no home and are relying on support services which are not fully operational because of Covid, support services that clients rely on for basic needs and the social interaction aspect of them as well.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

We thank you Lord for our Scientists that are developing drugs to combat this virus. May it be developed in a safe and true manner and available for all without huge costs.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who are ill and those waiting for medical appointments or procedures.  Come beside all those who are finding our current restrictions very difficult.   Lead them through these anxious times and help them find peace and calming inner thoughts.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

Guide us in our daily work and in all our relationships so that the faith we profess shall be seen in our lives. May we be thankful for all that we have and may we be willing to share with those in need.

Lord hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

O Lord bring comfort to all those who mourn the loss of loved ones. We remember those we love and have departed this world. We rejoice O Lord in your promise of eternal life.

Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

I conclude our prayers by thanking you Lord for the gift of your Holy Spirit and the privilege of your continuous Mercy.

Merciful Father,

accept these, our prayers, for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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PRAYERS FOR 8TH NOVEMBER, REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

written by Peter Coughlan

In St John’s Gospel, our Saviour, Redeemer and constant friend Jesus assures us…. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.    Now remain in my love”

In confidence of that unconditional love we bring prayers for our world, for our brothers and sisters of all nations, for our loved ones and for ourselves to our loving Father through his Son Jesus.,,,,,      Let us pray.

Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name

You have created the universe, the galaxies and the wonderful world we live in.

Your Name be praised, all honour and glory be yours. Guide us and all world leaders to care responsibly for our world and to treasure and preserve the beauty of nature and of all living creatures for the generations to come.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven.

On this remembrance Sunday, We pray for all those who have been lost in war and conflict or have been forced out of their country as refugees, help us not to forget the brave sacrifices these people have made. We pray for an end to all war, violence, oppression and hatred so that your will would be done in our world.

Bless the leaders of all nations, guide them to seek justice, understanding, unity and lasting peace for all.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

We remember the election in the USA that their elected president would seek to unite all American people and with your help heal divisions and mistrust.  We pray for our country, our government and Health leaders – guide them in their daily decision making  relating to the control of Covid 19. We pray for those working to develop a vaccine, We remember those who are anxious or lonely, especially during lockdown restrictions – help us to keep in touch, support them and encourage them. Bless all the amazing essential workers in our land, our frontline health care workers and all who work in our schools with our young people. Keep them all safe Lord God as they carry out their duties for the benefit of us all.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Give us this day our daily bread

encourage us to learn more about you through reading our Bibles and to communicate with you through fellowship, prayer and praise whether that be via online or in person.

We pray for your church in all the world, for the unity of Christian people everywhere and for understanding and real community with those of other faiths.  Bless our Bishops and priests and all who strive to share your Holy Word to us. We remember especially Bishop Paul and our own Canon Elaine and their ministries among us, especially in these challenging times of restriction when they are separated from their congregations.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

Dear God guide us all to share what we can with those in need.  the poor, the homeless, the helpless, those in direct provision, for those in prison or battling with addiction, for those suffering with their physical or mental health , for all carers and for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

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

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

Forgive us the things we have done wrongly or left undone. Help us to forgive of those who may have wronged us. Heal any divisions or old wounds in our families or in our relationships.

And lead us not into temptation but Deliver us from evil

keep us safe from all the temptations and distractions of this very busy world.

For we take strength from knowing that yours Father God is the victory.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory for Ever and for Ever.

Amen

Lord, We thank you for hearing our prayers with the attentiveness of a loving parent. We ask you to take each need and answer each prayer in your own time and in your own way.  For we know You to be just and true and that we have asked in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We conclude with a Remembrance Day Prayer

Lord, You sent Your Son to lead us into the peace of Your Kingdom. Look with kindness on all who have served the cause of peace in armed forces. Send Your comfort and healing to their families, and to all who suffer due to war and conflict. May Your Son’s Gospel message of peace burn ever more brightly in our hearts, our words and our actions, and lead all to fullness of life in You. We make this prayer to you through this same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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PRAYERS FOR 1ST NOVEMBER , ALL SAINTS DAY

written by Kevin Ryan

LORD, THE CURRENT CLIMATE, AS A RESULT OF THE COVID -19 PANDEMIC, HAS LEFT US ALL IN A STATE OF CONFUSION.  WE’RE ALL EXPERIENCING FEELINGS OF UNCERTAINTY, ISOLATION AND A RANGE OF NEEDS IN ADDITION TO THOSE WE NORMALLY FEEL.  WE, THEREFORE, COME TO YOU WITH OUR OWN NEEDS AND THOSE OF OUR NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS.    WE ENTRUST THEM TO YOUR LOVE AND GENEROSITY, AS WE CONFIDENTLY PRAY. 

IN  TODAYS GOSPEL,  WE ARE REMINDED OF THE QUALITIES WE NEED TO DEVELOP, IN ORDER TO BECOME “BLESSED” IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  YOU SHOW US THE QUALITIES WE NEED, IN ORDER TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS, PARTICULARLY AT DIFFICULT TIMES, LIKE THOSE WE’RE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING.

HELP US TO BE STILL AND LISTEN. SPEAK TO US AS YOU SPOKE TO YOUR DISCIPLES IN THE “SERMON ON THE MOUNT”

WE PRAY FOR THOSE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY WHO NEED OUR HELP AND SUPPORT, OWING TO MATERIAL HARDSHIP,  ILLNESS  OR ISOLATION. HELP US, LORD TO BE AWARE OF THESE NEEDS AROUND US, AND TO RESPOND IN A GENEROUS AND MEANINGFUL WAY.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE PRAY FOR ALL WHO WORK IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS … HEALTH- PROFESSIONALS, EDUCATORS AND VOLUNTARY WORKERS, AND ALL WHO WORK IN THE “FRONTLINE”. HELP THEM TO BE COURAGEOUS AND STEADFAST, EVEN WHEN THE FRUITS OF THEIR EFFORTS AREN’T ALWAYS OBVIOUS.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE PRAY, LORD, FOR OUR RELIGIOUS LEADERS. WE PRAY FOR BISHOP PAUL AND HIS FAMILY; FOR REVD. ELAINE AND HER FAMILY, AND FOR ALL WHO MINISTER HERE IN THE CARRIGALINE UNION OF PARISHES, IN SO MANY DIFFERENT CAPACITIES.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE PRAY FOR OUR POLITICAL LEADERS EVERYWHERE. HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO RULE AND GOVERN WITH RESPONSIBILITY, COMPASSION, AND A REAL SENSE OF FAIRNESS.

WE PARTICULARLY REMEMBER THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, AS THEY VOTE FOR A NEW PRESIDENT. WE ALSO REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE NEGOTIATING THE TERMS OF “BREXIT’.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE REMEMBER PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE ABUSE OR HOSTILITY BECAUSE OF THEIR CONVICTIONS OR BELIEFS. GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH TO PERSIST WITH THE COURAGE OF THEIR CONVICTIONS. GRANT THAT THE PERPETRATORS OF PREJUDICE AND INTOLERANCE, IN OUR WORLD, WILL RECOGNISE THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE PRAY, LORD, FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF MEDIA, OF ALL KINDS, ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE REMEMBER ALL WHO ENGAGE WITH OTHERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA … WE ASK THAT PEOPLE USE THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION IN A RESPONSIBLE AND SENSITIVE WAY … ALWAYS FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS, AND NEVER TO HURT OR HARM IN ANY WAY.

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

WE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS IN SILENCE, TO BRING BEFORE YOU LORD, OUR PRIVATE AND PERSONAL NEEDS…….

Lord, Hear us!  Lord, graciously Hear us!

I’d like to share a prayer, which for me sums-up “The Beatitudes” in a very simple and articulate way: Lord, we are reminded today that your blessings do not necessarily follow the logic of the world. The world believes that the rich are blessed, but Jesus reminds us that it is the poor who are blessed, the poor in spirit and the materially poor as well. We pray for a more just world in which all have enough, and none are left behind. Though we fear death and avoid its inevitable arrival, Jesus tells us that those who mourn are blessed. Help us to experience the truth of this mystery; bring healing and wholeness to those who are sick; and comfort those of us who have lost loved ones. While people covet power, Jesus blesses the meek; instruct us, O God, in the ways of humility; help us to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalised; show us your presence in the faces of those the world forgets. Give us a hunger and thirst for righteousness; fill our hearts with love, overflowing with mercy; make our hearts pure, and give us a vision of your glory. In a society divided by race, gender, class, ideology, sexual orientation, and so many other labels we alone have created, remind us that we are created in your image, each of us a beautiful reflection of you, each of us your beloved child. Help us then to end our conflicts and wars, help us to be peacemakers and agents of reconciliation. Gracious God, you have so richly blessed us with life, with love and joy, with hope in the midst of despair. Help us to be the salt of the earth. Help us to be the light of the world, sharing with others that which we have received, boldly proclaiming the good news of your love, finding the seeds of your kingdom within us and letting your way grow in our lives and throughout the world. Amen 

And we conclude by saying together:   Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR 25TH OCTOBER, BIBLE SUNDAY

written by Hilary Dring

Lord, today is Bible Sunday. Thank you for the many people down the centuries that have preserved and translated the Scriptures; without them we would not have our Bibles today. Your Word contains a wonderful tapestry of inspired writings and, as 2 Timothy says in The Message paraphrase, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” Grant us open hearts and minds to hear what you are saying to us through your word; may it nourish and sustain us and may it change our lives.

Lord, your word is a light to our feet  and a lamp to our path.

Lord, this week new restrictions have come into being; so many people are facing a really difficult time ahead. In his speech, our Taoiseach
quoted an old Irish saying which literally means “People live in each
other’s shadow”, the sense of it being that we all need each other.
How important it is right now that we recognise our interdependency and how our actions affect others. Grant us the grace to “clothe ourselves with compassion, justice, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…and to put on love” as we live though this shared time of fear and uncertainty. May it also be a time when your love shines through as we show kindness and compassion to one another.

May we carry each other’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ

Lord, we pray for each other, for our families, our friends and for the communities in which we live and work. We have already lived with worry and uncertainty for many months; the anxiety continues for many, many people. We pray for those who are afraid of what lies ahead, of whether they will be able to cope. Instil in us a renewed sense of our common humanity, so that we can all get through this very difficult time together.  We think of those who are lonely or isolated, and of those who are ill or bereaved. May they experience your deep love for them and know that they are not alone.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will strengthen you and help you.

A prayer in difficult times written by John Birch

In our anxiety, fear and uncertainty, when hearts are heavy with the load we bear, and there is no one to turn toward but you; yours is the peace that calms, the peace that comforts, the peace that gives us strength to carry on. Yours is the voice we long to hear, the persistent whisper in our ear, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’. Yours is the presence in the dark that banishes our fears. Yours is the hand that guides, the footprints in which we walk. In our anxiety, fear and uncertainty, in confidence we turn to you.       © John Birch

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Amen,

And we now conclude our prayers by saying together

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

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR THE FEAST DAY OF ST LUKE 18th October 2020

written by Rowland Newenham

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 for Richard, our diocesan lay reader, for Elaine, our rector, and for Paul, our bishop. We pray for their continued protection, and we pray that we might learn from them as they minister to us.  We pray also for our new Select Vestry, Parochial Nominators and Synod members. Almighty God, let them hear you speak to them as they make the decisions so vital to our church community.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray for all refugees; Grant them safe refuge, keep them warm and dry and nourished and safe as we enter into a winter of uncertainty.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

O Lord, we pray for our government and all those who have to make important decisions with regards to the welfare of this nation. Grant them the strength and focus to make the right decisions for our protection. Almighty God, help us as we try to follow the advice of our medical and political leaders.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord, we pray that you will help us to listen to your word. In today’s reading from Isaiah the prophet we are offered assurance that if we are strong and do not fear, then you will save us. In Luke we hear that we should share your peace with others and your peace will be returned to us. Lord, help us as we try to comprehend your lessons to us. In today’s world where we are all struggling with the pandemic of Covid 19, your words speak loudly to us.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

O Lord, we pray for school pupils and college students. They rely so much on the support of their friends and miss not being able to congregate with each-other. Lord, be with them and support them at this time.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

O Lord, on this the Feast Day of St Luke the Physician, we remember all those who have died of Covid 19, and we pray for the recovery of those who have suffered or who are suffering with it, together with their loved ones. We pray also for our parish healing group (John, Kay, Simon, Hilary, Joy, Peter, and Richard). We thank you for the support that they provide, and the prayers that they offer to you on our behalf.

Lord hear us…. Lord, graciously hear us.

O Lord, we pray for the families of those recently bereaved. For those who mourn, be with them at this difficult time, and help them to know your love

And we conclude by saying together:

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

PRAYERS FOR 18TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 11th October 2020

written by Simon Woodworth

Lord, we rejoice in you always. Through your son Jesus Christ, we make our requests and supplications before you and we rejoice in your steadfast love and mercy. Hear our prayers in this time of uncertainty and need.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Almighty God, we are reminded of Moses’ leadership and wisdom as he implored you to spare his people. Grant our leaders wisdom and strength as they seek to guide us out of our current difficulties. We pray especially for Elaine our Rector, Paul our Bishop, our community leaders and our government. We ask you to guide Donald Trump back to full health and to help him lead America with wisdom and forbearance to the upcoming presidential election.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

As you spared the Israelites, Merciful Lord, we ask that you do not bring disaster upon us. All things are created by you, and all things come from you. Guide us lord, as we enter a particularly difficult stage of this pandemic. Protect our health workers and scientists as they strive to keep us all healthy and safe.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

As we voice our concerns to you Lord, we are reminded that we should listen to you and answer when you call upon us. We strive to find a moment of peace and quiet as we seek to do your will. Open our hearts and ears, Lord, so that we may answer your call.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

O God, we bring to you our hopes and fears, our prayers and thanks, and in a few moments of silence we ask you to listen to our intercessions for those who are close to us and those who are in need.…..

Lord in your mercy …..Hear our prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for listening to our intercessions.

We ask you to hold us to whatever is true, whatever is honourable,

whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing and whatever is commendable.Guide us to practice the things that we have learned and received and heard and seen in you. May your Peace be always with us.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We conclude our prayers by saying together

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

AMEN

PRAYERS FOR 17TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 4th October 2020

Harvest Thanksgiving, Feast of St Francis of Assisi and end of Creation Time

written by John Sweeney

Father God, maker of all that is, at this time of harvest we worship you and adore you for your creation. To you who established the laws of the universe, placed the galaxies, constellation of stars and orbit of the planets among the heavenly bodies, we join the delight and song of the angels and the saints to worship you in awe and wonder.

You give us the sun and moon, the light of the day and darkness of night, the rotation of the earth, the laws of gravity and the seasons, the weather bringing rain, wind and sunshine, heat and cold to permit growth.  You set the boundaries to the oceans and established the land, the minerals, the trees and plants, the animals and the myriad of creatures of the air and sea and land. We give you thanks for all your creation and for making humankind in your image, life and death in their season.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer of praise and wonder

Lord of the harvest, we thanks you for the bountiful gifts of this planet earth – its resources of minerals, forest, fruit, grains, water, rivers, fish and animals of the wild and farm to provide food for all. We recall the blue empty skies, the quieter roads and the joy of birdsong and animal life in our cities and towns not choked with traffic, pollution and noise during the lockdown.  Teach us to walk more lightly upon the earth.

We ask your forgiveness for our selfish pursuit of wealth, power, water and food disproportionately to our personal needs and for failing to share the plentiful resources of the earth with those in greater need. Teach us to restore our values to the divine plan to protect our planet, to feed the hungry and to share its bounty with our neighbour.

Lord in your mercy, forgive us through Christ Jesus for our sins

Saviour God, we come before you to receive your forgiveness for sometimes failing to acknowledge and value the harvest of loving kindness that you bestow upon us. We thank you for the fruits of family life, for relationships with those who care deeply about our growth, development and well being. We thank you for parents, children, grandparents, godparents and our extended family; we bless you for friendships, care, compassion, guidance, support and love across our lives. We call to mind the many acts of compassion, grace and care by families, neighbours and local communities to help each other during the trials of the pandemic.

We remember those who feel isolated, afraid, lonely, victimised or distraught though loss of hope, livelihood, social relationships and of human contact. We bless you for the warmth of dedication of all front line workers who labour tirelessly to treat and care for our health, to ensure care for the vulnerable who are shielding, to produce and provide food for our tables. In particular, we think of all endeavouring to develop a vaccine, new treatments or to lead and guide society to stay safe during the pandemic. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer of thanksgiving

Spirit of the living God, empower us to worship you with awe and wonder, to seek to follow the path of discipleship of our risen Saviour and to utilise our gifts, talents, time and money for the service of the Lord. Assist us to discern between truth and falsehood and to heed the still small voice of conscience over the clamour of the crowd. Deliver us as members of Christ’s church on earth from falling into unbelief, moral superiority, false doctrine or narrow-mindedness. Expand our vision of you Lord God as having capacity to do far more abundantly in our lives and in the world than we dare hope, ask or dream, remembering that you, Lord Jesus, value the excluded, the refugee, orphan and widow, the sinner to teach us life lessons and to foster fruit of the spirit.

Lord in your mercy, sow within us the seeds for a greater harvest

Father God, we bring before you the needs of others in our world – for those needing emergency provisions and shelter, for those who have lost loved ones, their security, health, well being, peace of mind or safety. We think also of those with acute or enduring ill health, those undergoing tests or medical interventions, rehabilitation, recovery or grieving.

May your blessing, the touch of your Spirit bring resolution, healing and peace at the level and to the degree they need. Spirit of the living God, we take a moment to remember all those who need or have asked for our prayers at this time …

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer for healing, peace and wellbeing

May we experience your blessing in our lives as we strive to serve you more faithfully to bring in the harvest for the kingdom of God.

We end our prayers by saying together.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with us all

Amen.

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PRAYERS FOR 16TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 27th September 2020

Written by Valerie Andrew

Lord, We thank you for what you have given us, so many blessings that we cannot begin to count them. Give us, we pray,  giving, cheerful and generous hearts, not only aware of our own needs, but also the needs of others

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Heavenly Father, there are times when we feel discouraged and abandoned and life isn’t what it is supposed to be. Help us to have wisdom to see clearly that, even though we might not feel your presence, it doesn’t mean that you are not with us always. Thank you for your promise never to leave us or forsake us.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for our leaders and decision makers nationwide and worldwide in the testing time of Covid 19 Pandemic. Strengthen each leader with resolve to do what is best for their country. May they be a beacon and a voice of peace, reason and hope to nations in despair.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Lord, we bring before you now, in a moment of silence, those known to us who are ill, in pain or suffering in any form. Surround, comfort and strengthen them with your heavenly love.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

We end our prayers by saying together.

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.

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PRAYERS FOR 15TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 20th September 2020

Written by Rowland Njoku

Dear Lord,

we thank you for your great mercy and unfailing love

Lord, we pray, for restoration to active life and meaningful duties

We pray this for all people, in the institutions and organisations of all nations, especially at work places, at schools, churches, hospitals, and in all public places

Please, restore peace and confidence in our employment and social life

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray for all people, especially in Ireland

Guide and inspire our leaders with wisdom to make the right decisions

Help all the people to act responsibly in this challenging time and help us to be restored fully to peace and prosperity, to the glory of your name

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for all who minister to those who are suffering, especially we pray for doctors, nurses and all those who render health care services

We pray for their protection and courage as they discharge their duties

Lord, grant them the skill, understanding and patience to restore people to health and happiness

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for the Clergy and Laity, especially for those in charge of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

Lord, we pray for good health and speedy recovery for our Bishop, Dr Paul Colton

We pray for Reverend Canon Elaine and her family to prosper in all good works

We pray for all the people who render their services at St Johns and St Mary’s Church

Lord, bless them and support their ministry with your Holy Spirit and protect them and their families, as they try to balance their responsibilities with their need for health and safety.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for our local community and Churches, especially the people at St John’s Monkstown and St Mary’s Carrigaline

Lord, we pray for love in our families and peace with our neighbours

Shield and strengthen us all as we gather for the Good News

Bring healing, hope and comfort to those who are in pain, illness or any suffering

Help us to be mindful of your salvation, and to love our neighbours as ourselves through service. 

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, let us gently bring our individual prayers before the Lord, for our needs and for our loved ones

…….

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We end our prayers by saying together.

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.

PRAYERS FOR 14TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 13th September 2020

Written by Kay Treacy

O God, You are here, we are here.

In all the storms of life

may we place our faith and trust in You,

and Your great love for us,

knowing that You are with us

and nothing can overwhelm You.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

Help us to have a simple faith,

as faith, like hope, is an anchor in this uncertain world.

Hope is a gift from You Lord.

Give us the strength of wisdom,

the strength of gentle peace,

and the strength of steady love,

so we will be known for our faith.   

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

Love is the core of the Christian faith.

Our faith is all about our relationships—with God,  and with other people.

We are Your people,   and we fail to live in peace.

We are Your voice,   and we choose to be silent,

Forgive us that we are often more willing to accept forgiveness

than to forgive.

Forgive us the many times when we take for granted

all that You have done for us.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

Give us the power of forgiveness – as You forgive us.

Help us to bless those who have hurt us,

to put aside those past hurts, and to start afresh.

Help us to walk in peace.

Let us choose to be kind and compassionate,

to be Your hands to help.

Let us always be willing to walk beside those who are going through difficult times.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

Help us always to remember that people look to us,

we are the church, and we may be the only experience of church in people’s lives.

May we reflect Your unconditional love, and grace.

May we both follow Your guiding light.

and also shine that light for others

to draw them to You.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

As we struggle with the destruction of the environment

in this ‘Season of Creation’

make us willing to be changed,

whatever the cost to our self-sufficiency,

whatever the price to our insistence to having our own way.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

Remembering all those who are finding life very difficult,

those who are sick and those who are grieving,   

We take a few moments for our own special prayers 

………………….

May they be surrounded with Your healing love.

God of love. Hear our prayer

Give us, we pray, the courage to simplify our lives,

to count our many blessings.

Help us to bring Your love into our lives

that we may truly give respect, kindness and gentleness to each other.

That we may be quick to forgive, ready to hope,

and be filled with Your joy.

God of love.   Hear our prayer.

We conclude our prayers by saying together

Merciful Father,

Accept these, our prayers, for the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN

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PRAYERS FOR 13TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 6th September 2020

Prayers from ‘Hear our Prayer’ Canterbury Press

For the spirit of peace in the Church and in the world, let us pray to the Lord.

Give to the Church perfect harmony among all her members, and let her witness never be hindered by the scandal of dissension… As we come together for worship, may our hearts be so filled with love for one another that we shall be as lights to the world.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Bring agreement between nations which are in dispute and distrust … Heal the anger of litigation and give a new spirit to those who profit from the disagreements of others.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

If there is tension in our families, with our neighbours or with any we know, give us grace to confess our faults and to seek reconciliation…     Bring harmony to all in this community who are held apart by anger and resentment.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Bless and relieve all who have been ruined by litigation or broken by disputes that have turned to bitterness.. Restore those who suffer inwardly from their refusal to be reconciled…   Have mercy on all in prison, granting them acknowledgement of faults and new hope for the future.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for those who were gathered together in the name of the Lord when they were in this world, and are gathered into the great company of the blessed in heaven…. May the peace they now enjoy rest upon all who are still on their way.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray that our prayers may be accepted in Christ, in whose name we are gathered together as we pray ,

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.

PRAYERS FOR 12TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 30th August 2020

written by Clodagh King, Christian Aid Representative in our parish.

Gracious Lord, we pray for the children returning to school and those returning to or starting out in universities and colleges to continue their education. We pray too that all places of education will find ways of making teaching and learning safe as well as effective in such strange and difficult times. Help all students in their daily lessons; give them the wisdom to listen, to learn and to keep safe. Help their teachers and give them patience and strength to teach and impart their knowledge; help them to stay well on their return to the classrooms.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer

Loving God, we ask for your wisdom to discern your wishes and direction on our lives and ask for your help in interacting with others on our daily lives; those we live and work with; those we meet in shops and supermarkets; those with whom we share our roads and those who serve us in cafes and restaurants. May we never be a ‘stumbling block’ to those we meet in our daily lives and to always follow the guidelines and directives with respect and dignity afforded to all.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Merciful Lord, we pray for the many people who have contracted Covid 19. Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain. We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus. We pray for those working in the health services who risk their own lives to care for sick and vulnerable people. Help us all to be responsible in the things that we do in our lives to prevent the spread of this virus by taking heed of the necessary precautions and avoiding situations that may make things worse.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

 Everlasting God, we recognise our responsibility to encourage and uphold one another and to live together in peace and love. We also recognise our needs and our human weaknesses and come to you now with our own prayers and petitions.

………

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We conclude our prayers by saying together,

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.

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PRAYERS FOR 11TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 23rd August 2020

written by Peter Coughlan,

As we pray together, help us to count our many blessings.

We thank God for his creation, for Autumn time, the Grain and fruit in its season.   We pray for our world, for those who are hungry and in need.    We think of those forced to leave their homes in refugee centres.  For those who live in places of conflict such as the Yemen and Syria and especially today for the people of Beirut in Lebanon as they struggle to come to terms with the devastation of the explosions in their city.

Father guide us, and all world leaders and governments,  to work for peace and reconciliation, to alleviate suffering and to share the fruits of your world with all your people.

Lord in Your Mercy
ALL: hear our prayer
 

Lord, you revealed to Simon Peter and the other disciples that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God.   We thank you for their commitment and devotion that started the early church and has allowed us to gather here today both digitally and in this building to praise you.

We pray for your church in all the world, for the unity of Christian people everywhere and for understanding and cooperation between those of different faiths.

Bless Bishop Paul, Canon Elaine and all who share your Good News with others. Help us to be a welcoming church and we thank you for all the work of our select vestry, safety officers, technical experts and wardens who continue to help us participate in our services during times of restriction.

Lord in Your Mercy
ALL: hear our prayer

Lord it is natural for us to feel anxious in these strange times.

Bless those who live alone and feel that more strongly.

But also, help us to be confident that you are with us always and that your son Jesus told us gently to not let our hearts be troubled and that we should share our burdens with him.

Help us each to do that and in turn to encourage and support each other in Christian love and kindness.

May we continue to pray for those countries who struggle financially and have less effective health systems, bless and protect the wonderful doctors and nurses and all frontline health care workers throughout the world who bravely and selflessly work around the clock to keep us all well.

In a few moments of silence now we pause and bring our private prayers and concerns to you 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

ALL: hear our prayer

Almighty God,  we thank you that you have brought us safely to the

beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,

Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

We conclude our prayers by saying together,

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.

PRAYERS FOR 10TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 16th August 2020

written by Kevin Ryan

Heavenly Father, we come to you, confident of your mercy and

compassion. We humbly ask for your mercy and forgiveness, when we

wander off. We ask for the gift of forgiveness in ourselves; that we

may forgive those who offend us, and be willing to do so as Jesus

instructed us, “… not seven times, but seventy-seven-times”.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

We pray for healing and comfort for those who are ill and those

who are undergoing treatment for their illness. We pray for their carers

and loved ones. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering,

wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! 

Lord, as the threat of Covid-19 continues to hang over us, we ask

for your protection, as we endeavour to escape it.   Help us to act

responsibly for the safety of all, in our day to day behaviour – in our

community, in our workplace and in our social lives.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

We pray, Lord, for our mental and psychological well-being, as we

struggle with the pandemic of fear, anxiety and (for many) isolation

resulting from Covid-19. Help us to strive for balance in our households

and workplaces. Help us to be instruments of comfort and calm in

situations where we can influence others who are experiencing stress

and anxiety.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

Father, we ask that you guide those to whom we look for

leadership in these difficult times.   Help them to make prudent and

responsible choices on or behalf.   Help them to show the type of

leadership that inspires us to move forward with confidence and

optimism.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

We pray, Lord, for our religious leaders and our ministers, who

continue to bring us your Good News, in these times of enormous

change. Give them the grace to be resolute and steadfast – especially

when they feel discouraged and anxious. Protect them and their

families, as they try to balance their responsibilities with their need to

stay safe and healthy.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

We ask you, Lord, for the serenity to accept those things we

cannot change; the courage to change those things we can change;

and for the wisdom to know the difference!

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

Lord, we now bring to you, in silence, our own private prayers, for

the our own needs and those of our loved ones………

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer!

We conclude our prayers by saying together .

Merciful Father,

Accept these, our prayers, for the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN

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PRAYERS FOR 9TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 9th August 2020

written by Hilary Dring, Mothers’ Union Diocesan President

Lord Jesus, in our gospel reading today we see you spending time in prayer, alone, at night; probably the only time you could get some peace and quiet. How important it is to have times of quiet when we can recharge our batteries and be renewed, so that we can have strength and courage for the tasks of everyday life. Help us to make it a priority to find ways, times and places that help us to do this. Sometimes there seem to be so many demands on us – help us to recognise what is essential and to get the balance right; loving God, our neighbour and ourselves.

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.  Truly, you are the son of God.

Lord Jesus, while you prayed alone the disciples got into difficulty on the lake; their boat was buffeted by the wind. Sometimes our lives are buffeted by the winds and waves of life and are filled with uncertainty, like they are at the moment because of COVID-19. You are there with us always, but, just like the disciples, we do not always recognise you. We worry and are afraid. Today we pray for all who are living in fear, not knowing what the future holds, those whose livelihoods are so uncertain, those who fear for loved ones, those who do not know where their next meal will come from – the list of needs is endless. We pray for fair and equitable solutions to be found and for courage for ourselves to be part of the solution.

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.  Truly, you are the son of God.

Today, the 9th August, is a special day for Mothers’ Union members as they celebrate the founder of Mothers’ Union, Mary Sumner. Inspired by her vision over 140 years ago, the organisation has grown and developed through many changes and challenges, and is now active in 84 countries around the world,  offering Christian care for families, regardless of faith or background. As Mothers’ Union faces the challenges of the financial impact of the pandemic, we think of central staff members and all in leadership as tough decisions have had to be made and changes enacted.

Lord of all, we give thanks for the far-reaching vision of Mary Sumner. We look back with praise and gratitude for her witness and the way she has inspired so many people. Mothers’ Union members worldwide have been beacons of hope for their  communities, both with prayer and practical help, bringing joy and reflecting the love of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that we will be able to continue her vision, ensuring that the role of Mothers’ Union will flourish and grow as we unite to be helping hands across the world. We pray for staff members who face early retirement and redundancy and thank you for their dedication to the work of Mothers’ Union over the years.

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.  Truly, you are the son of God.

Loving Lord, we pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk though this challenging season. We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load of making decisions with widespread consequences. We pray for those who are suffering with sickness and for all who are caring for them. We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable to not succumb to the risks of virus. We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds. As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide,  may we also approach each day in faith and peace, trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us.

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.  Truly, you are the son of God.

We spend a few moments now quietly bringing our own prayers to our wonderful, compassionate God, who is always ready to listen to us…

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.  Truly, you are the son of God.

We finish with a simple prayer written by Mary Sumner all those many years ago.   May it be our prayer today

We join together in The Mary Sumner Prayer

All this day, O Lord,

let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; 

and every life I touch,

do thou by thy spirit quicken,

whether through the word I speak,

the prayer I breathe,

or the life I live.

Amen.

PRAYERS FOR 8TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 2nd August 2020

written by Rowland Newenham

 O Lord, we pray for the different churches in the world; help us to understand thedifferent faiths and religions and teach us tolerance in the differences of faith.   Enable us to recognize with gratitude those elements of truth and  justice in other beliefs, 

We pray for Richard, our diocesan lay reader, for Elaine, our rector, and for Paul, our Bishop. We pray for their  continued protection, as they minister to us in this new environment.  RESPONSE

Lord, we pray for all refugees, wherever they are currently, and wherever they end up.   We read in today’s reading about the sharing of the loaves and fishes. Help us today to share our way of life with refugees that are in our society, and we pray that we may also be able to assist a refugee family to integrate into our neighbourhood.   RESPONSE

O Lord, we pray for our government and all those who have to make important decisions with regards to the welfare of this nation. We pray that you will be with them as they strive to make the right decisions. We are all human, and we all get it wrong at times. We pray that we may be tolerant of any misjudgements that may be made in this new pandemic.  RESPONSE

Lord, we pray for the farmers at this time of year. They are busy with the harvest of grain and grass and they are working long hours, sometimes in difficult conditions. We pray for your protection over them. We pray that they might be safe as they work.    RESPONSE

O Lord, we pray for school pupils at this time. They still await a degree of uncertainty as plans are being made to commence classes again at the end of this month.  We also pray for school principals and teachers, and for the your help as they attempt implement all the recommendations needed for the safe reopening of schools and colleges.    RESPONSE

O Lord, we pray for those members of our community who are nervous of this pandemic. Persons who feel vulnerable through age, illness, pain, or stress. Help us to understand their concerns, and to respect their anxieties and fears.  We read in today’s reading about the sharing of the loaves and fishes. Help us today to share with each-other the community spirit and social distancing good practices that will allow us to continue to live with Covid-19.    RESPONSE

O Lord, we pray for the families of those recently bereaved. For those who mourn, be with them at this difficult time, and help them to know your love.

RESPONSE

We conclude our prayers as we say together …

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
.         2 Corinthians 13: 14

PRAYERS FOR 7TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 26th July 2020

written by Simon Woodworth

O Lord our God, we rejoice in praise of your holy name. We are thankful to be here today in your house of worship, and we keep close those who are worshipping from home. Hear us Lord, as we thank you for your works and ask you for your help and support.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

During these long summer evenings, we listen to the farm machinery as grass is cut and winter barley is harvested. We marvel in all your works, Lord, and thank you for the fair weather which allow us to gather the fruits of our labour. We are grateful for the technologies that allow us to stay in touch with distant relatives and friends.

We praise you for our scientists who are working on vaccines and medicines.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We seek your strength, Merciful Lord, as we go about our business, fearful of infection and mindful of the need to wash our hands and wear masks.

We thank you for bringing us safely to this day and ask for your protection in the coming week. Guide our leaders, Lord, as they seek to advise on how to stay safe.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Gracious Lord, many in our community have health concerns that have been set aside during these difficult times. Screening programmes have been halted and elective surgeries have been delayed.

Hold them close, Lord, as they wait in concern and frustration to receive the treatments they need.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As a mustard seed grows into a tree, we grow in your all-embracing love as we come together as a community, in person and online, as we support each other in our daily lives.

We ask you to strengthen our leaders: Elaine our Rector, Paul our Bishop and our recently formed coalition government.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

You are the Lord our God, and we thank you for your strength and all the wonders of your earth. We look forward to better days in an uncertain world.

We say together …

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
.         2 Corinthians 13: 14

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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