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.