Saturday Prayers: May 9th – 10th, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Easter
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the father, but by me. John 14. 6
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Give us grace to love one another and walk in the way of his commandments, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Be our light, O Lord, in the darkness, of the world, and in your great mercy defend us and keep us from the perils and dangers of the night. Bring us to the brightness of the morning, for the sake of Christ Jesus whose love never leaves us. He is the peace that will ease us, bringing the bright living word. (Text by The Benedictine Nuns of Malling Abbey)
Thursday May 14th – St. Matthias
I chose you and appointed you, says the Lord; that you should bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15.16
Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose Matthias to be numbered among the twelve, preserve your Church from false apostles, and by the ministry of faithful people and teachers, keep us steadfast in your truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
And we pray God’s Blessing upon the crops now being sown, that they may grow to a bountiful harvest Lord Jesus, Bless the seeds sow, and the hands of the sower. Amen.
“Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave”. We pray for the six brave Canadian Sailors whose helicopter crashed this past week while approaching the ship HMCS Fredericton. “ Lord God of hosts be with us yet “lest we forget, lest we forget”. We give thanks for their life and service – as we sorrow in their death. We pray for their families, shipmates and friends in their bereavement. “ O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea”.
Jesus, walk with us in these difficult days of CORONAVIRUS – COVID 19. Lay your Holy Healing Hands upon the sick, the weak and the dying. Give courage and strength to families unable to minister to their loved ones in this time of illness and death. Give strength and Healing Grace to the Doctors and Nurses and all who minister to the sick, the weak and the dying. Bless the people confined to their homes, those unable to work and the little children – keep them safe, and give us all the courage and strength to go on day by day, ministering to those in need and maintaining the community. Lord Jesus be the Light in the darkness and lead us forward day by day.
Break, day of God, O break.
The night has lingered long
our hearts with sighing wake
We weep for sin and wrong:
O bright and morning star, draw near;
O Son of righteousness, appear.
Break, day of God, O break,
Like to the days above!
Let purity awake!
And faith, and hope, and love;
But lo! We see the brightening sky;
The golden morn is drawing nigh.
– The Reverend Henry Burton 1904
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus
OSMTH – SMOTJ