Almighty God, you gave to your servant Gregory special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Book of Common Prayer 1979)
Let us pray to the Lord, who is slow to anger and rich in mercy.
During this Lenten time of prayer, fasting and self-examination, let us pray that the Church may be strengthened for its mission to those who need the Gospel.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Medak – (South India) The Rt Revd Thalari Samuel Kanaka Prasad; Melbourne – (Victoria, Australia) The Most Revd Philip Leslie Freier; Melbourne – Eastern Region – (Victoria, Australia) The Rt Revd Barbara Darling; Melbourne – Northern & Western Region – (Victoria, Australia) The Rt Revd Philip Huggins;
Melbourne – Southern Region – (Victoria, Australia) The Rt Revd Paul White; Meru – (Kenya) The Rt Revd Charles Mwendwa
We also pray for St. Michael’s, Trinity Wall Street and St. Luke’s (Episcopal) in New York City.
Holy God, the effects of sin are all around us. Let your healing grace and mercy reach out to all those in need. Restore everything that is broken in our lives to wholeness.
Prayers are also offered for Cindy (needs to pass a driving test); an imprisoned missionary in Libya; Robert (failed a job-related test); Elaine (custody issues); Christopher Talbert (success in sharing Christ with others)
Let those who are sick, suffering or in any need know of your healing power in their difficulty.
Chris Westmoreland (cancer is back); Kenny (healing); Stefany (congestive ; heart failure); Johnny (age 6, abdominal pain); Ruth (kidney stones, colon trouble); Amber (still recovering from viral pneumonia); Judy (unknown weight loss); Sinh Lee (m, asthma, leg swelling); Zeus (dog that jumped out a window, has dementia); Elizabeth F. (high blood pressure and brain bleeding) UPDATE: doing better; Linda (COPD); a stroke victim who is on his own; Sheela H.’s dad (hospitalized, no place to go upon release); Skip (high white blood cell count, finances); Kenney (suicide attempt); Marlyn (breast pain after lump removal); a liver transplant recipent whose body may be rejecting her liver; Terrie Grillet (back pain, awaiting test results); Ina Mae Moore; Barry Hamlet; Debbie Norris; Dori Francis; Ray Piver; Neal Hughes; Jackie White; Michael Fulwood; Silas Inman; Delores McCumbee; Vardell Hughes; Eva Smith; Thomas Inman; Sister Chadhanam (paralyzed on one side); Karen (neck injury, house problems); Zhuangfu Chen (kidney problems); Ronn Jones (opted out of surgery, asks continued prayer for healing)
Let the faithful departed rest in peace, bring a knowledge and assurance of your love to those who mourn and keep all of us who pray in everlasting life.
We also praise you for the blessings in our lives, that we and the whole Church may eagerly look forward to rejoicing at Resurrection Day.
For the Catholic Church as they elect a Pope: Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity now assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. (Book of Common Prayer 1979)