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prayers of the people, inspired by the epistle of James

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Epistles / Lectionary / Prayers of the People

The following version of the prayers of the people is inspired by the Epistle of James, and might be used when a reading from the letter is preached on or highlighted in the service in some other way. Father of Lights, from whom comes every perfect gift, hear our prayers which we offer fervently to you, and in the name of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for the church, that we might show […]

a litany for independence day

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Prayers of the People / Year B

The following is a litany composed to give thanks, and pray for The United States. It would be appropriate on Independence Day, the Sunday nearest Independence Day—or for any service of worship taking place near a national holiday. Users may amend as they see fit. Officiant As we remember the birth of our nation, and the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let us offer our thanks and prayers to God, the […]

a litany for Mother’s Day

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Prayers of the People

On this day when we remember our mothers, let us offer our prayers to Jesus, the son of Mary. Because on this earth we are all sons and daughters of Eve, let us pray for the whole world and the church universal, that we might behold each other as brothers and sisters. Lord in your mercy. Hear our Prayer. As Rebecca gave birth to Jacob, and in so doing she gave birth to a whole […]

prayers of the people for lent, year b

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Prayers of the People / Year B

These prayers are inspired by the great Psalm of contrition, Psalm 51. The main body of these prayers are designed to be used each week in Lent, and there are different concluding prayers which reflect each week’s Gospel lesson. These prayers will work best if a brief pause is observed before the couplet. Celebrant  Have mercy on us, O God, according to your loving kindness; in your great compassion, hear our prayers. Intercessor  We pray […]

Prayers of the People for all Epiphany

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Prayers of the People

Officiant  Let us pray to God, who is made manifest in Jesus Christ. Intercessor  As the prophet Isaiah rang out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come”; empower your Church, O God, to ring out the Good News of the Light of your son Jesus, which pierces even the deepest darkness. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. As a star rose high into the nighttime sky to draw the nations to the Christ-child; send […]

prayers of the people for advent 4b

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Prayers of the People

These prayers are based largely on the Hebrew Bible Advent lessons for Year B. The body of the prayers will stay the same through Advent, but the initiating and concluding prayers will change, week by week. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, O Lord, let your will be done with us according to your word, that we might be vessels of your Presence, and eager to pray: Intercessor O God, in days to […]

prayers of the people for Advent 3b

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These prayers are based largely on the Hebrew Bible Advent lessons for Year B. The body of the prayers will stay the same through Advent, but the initiating and concluding prayers will change, week by week. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, send us out as witnesses to your light, so all might believe through your son; that we may be ready for your coming, and eager to pray: Intercessor O God, in […]

prayers of the people for Advent 2b

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These prayers are based largely on the Hebrew Bible Advent lessons for Year B. The body of the prayers will stay the same through Advent, but the initiating and concluding prayers will change, week by week. On this site there is also • a reflection on the Hebrew Bible Lesson for Advent 2b, and. • a reflection on the Gospel Lesson for the same day. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, bring your […]

prayers of the people for Advent 1b

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Prayers of the People

These prayers are based largely on the Hebrew Bible Advent lessons for Year B. The body of the prayers will stay the same through Advent, but the initiating and concluding prayers will change, week by week. On this site there is also • a reflection on the Hebrew Bible Lesson for the same day, and. • a reflection on the Gospel Lesson for the same day. Celebrant In the hushed anticipation of your coming, O […]

litany for all saint’s day

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The following is a litany for use on All Saint’s Day. It is designed to be used at the beginning of a service of Eucharist, and concludes with the Collect of the Day. However, it could certainly be adapted to use at a later point in the service. If your community has a patron saint who is not listed, it would be quite appropriate to add the patron to one of the petitions, or craft […]