Sunday, February 17, 2013

Intercessions of this Sunday: Lent I

let us pray:
Heavenly Father, 
you promised through your Son 
to hear the prayers of those 
who ask in faith:
In this penitential season of Lent, 
we ask that our time of discipline & self-denial 
may be an example to others 
and inspire them to take up their Cross 
and follow your Son as part of his Church. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 
 
In this penitential season of Lent, 
as we deny ourselves some of the good things 
you have blessed us with,
keep in our hearts those 
who do not have even the basic necessities of life,
that we may share with them from the abundance 
you have given to us 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 
 
In this penitential season of Lent, 
help us to be joyful 
during this time of spiritual renewal 
that the communities in which we spend our lives 
may share in the joy you give us through your Son. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 
 
In this penitential season of Lent 
we give thanks for all those 
who have answered your call 
and will shepherd your children on their Lenten journeys; 
we pray for Michael, our Bishop; 
all clergy, readers, and others in ministry, 
whatever form it takes; 
and we pray that this time will guide us 
towards ever greater unity 
with our brothers and sisters in Christ 
from whom we are separated 
by the scandal of schism. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 

In this penitential season of Lent, 
we thank you for those 
who have laid down the cross of this life 
and have entered into their eternal reward in the next; 
we pray for those who mourn, 
those who are unwell, 
those who face their final illness, 
and those who care for them; 
we pray for those parts of the world 
that are denied the peace you desire for them; 
& we remember those who struggle in their relationships, 
with others or with you. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 
 
And in this penitential season of Lent 
we ask that you hear also 
the the prayers of our own hearts, 
for ourselves 
and for those we know 
to be in need of our prayers 
(pause for silent prayer) Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer 

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

St Fintan, pray for us

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