Prayer

Bishop David’s invitation to the 10 days of prayer

DESCRIPTION OF TEN DAYS OF PRAYER IN THE DIOCESE

For the ten days from Ascension to Pentecost, Bishop David is calling the churches of Down and Dromore to a renewed focus on prayer for a spiritual harvest.
He invites us to personal prayer and to join with others around the diocese in using the resources that we will make available each day.
The 10 Days of Prayer initiative was introduced on St Patrick’s Day but of course the original programme has had to be adapted to the new reality of lockdown and social distancing.
Each of the days following Ascension will have a different prayer focus and we will share a prayer and video message each day. Here’s an outline of the online programme, which will be accompanied by printable resources.
• Thursday 21 May: Ascension Day Services in the parishes
• Friday 22 May: Prayer focus on young adults with Bishop David and Tim Burns
• Saturday 23 May: Prayer focus on women with Mrs Hilary McClay
• Sunday 24 May: Parish worship with special prayers from church leaders
• Monday 25 May: Prayer focus on worship with Worship Rooms online and Bishop David
• Tuesday 26 May: Prayer focus on Select Vestries with Bishop David
• Wednesday 27 May: Prayer focus on youth and children, praying The Litany and a message from Bishop David
• Thursday 28 May: Prayer focus on a praying diocese with parish prayer meetings online and a message from Bishop David
• Friday 29 May: Prayer focus on civic leaders with Bishop David
• Saturday 30 May: Prayer focus on men with Bishop David
• Sunday 31 May: Bishop David will address the diocese on Pentecost Sunday when we pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

For the ten days from Ascension to Pentecost, Bishop David is calling the churches of Down and Dromore to a renewed focus on prayer for a spiritual harvest.
He invites us to personal prayer and to join with others around the diocese in using the resources that we will make available each day. These can be viewed on our facebook page:

Seagoe Parish Facebook page

Sunday call to prayer
On Palm Sunday there was a call to prayer for our land, and in particular the Corona virus situation. Following that initiative there was a reduction in the death rate in Northern Ireland for the next few days. Praise God.
As a result Divine Healing Ministries has called us to pray again each Sunday from 3-4pm.
In addition you are encouraged to pray for this situation in your daily prayers.

24/7 Week of prayer
Following the success of our week of prayer during Holy Week, we have extended the prayer calendar until June.  Anyone can sign up to commit to an hour of prayer.

Click here to sign up to pray for an hour.

Outline for an hour of prayer on Coronavirus
This resource, from 24/7 Prayer, provides an outline to guide through an hour of prayer. You could choose to use as much or as little of it as you like.

Click here for resources to use for An Hour of Prayer

Suggested prayers

The following prayer in the 1922 edition of the Book of Common Prayer that didn’t find its way into our current edition.

O Almighty God, the Lord of life and death, of health and sickness;
Have pity upon us miserable sinners, now visited with great sickness (and mortality).
Withdraw from us this grievous affliction.
Sanctify to us, we beseech thee, this thy fatherly correction.
Enlarge our charity to relieve those who need our help.
Bless the remedies applied to assist them.
Give us prudence to see, and vigour to use, those means which thy providence affords,
for preventing and alleviating such calamities.
And, above all, teach us to know how frail and uncertain our condition is,
and so to number our days, that we may seriously apply our hearts to that holy and heavenly wisdom,
whilst we live here, which may in the end bring us to life everlasting;
through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thine only Son our Lord. Amen.

A prayer for our Parish at this time.
Almighty God, we earnestly pray our Parishes of Seagoe and Ardmore at this time.
Protect, O Lord, not only our own Parishioners,
but everyone in this community from the effects of the Coronavirus.
Be with those who are ill granting them your presence and grace to sustain them,
and mercifully grant them your healing.
Be with those in the Medical profession at this trying and dangerous time.
Protect, refresh and sustain them.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our Prayer

A prayer written by the Right Reverend Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin.
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.

A morning prayer
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom;
defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An evening prayer
Lighten our darkness, O Lord, we pray
and in your great mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your sonly Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer points for our local hospital:

For the newly opened COVID-19 isolation wards.
For healing, comfort and a deep awareness of the presence of the Lord with patients on these wards.
For peace & comfort for families who’s loved one is being treated in isolation on these wards.
For protection, strength & stamina for staff on these wards.
For protection of the families of staff.
For the effective running of the new Red, Amber, Green zone system in operation in the hospital.
For staff who have been re-deployed into new roles that they would be adapt quickly, giving peace to any who are anxious.
For all staff, support, ancillary, medical etc – each of which are essential.
For PPE that it would be readily available as it is required for the protection of staff.
For wisdom & courage for hospital management, Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer & all who plan & lead the response at these testing times.