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Intercessions for Candlemas by Mrs Mary Stubbs

Intercessions 3.2.08

Jesus, Light of the world, shine in our darkness, or Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

We are all companions on a spiritual journey
As we travel together, let us pray

Almighty God, we give thanks for the welcome given to the child, Jesus, by Simeon and Anna, seeing that in his life there would be joy, sorrow and suffering, and for the example they have set us.

As we remember the older and retired people in our churches, we thank you and pray for their work with children, young people and families in our communities. We pray your Holy Spirit may inspire them to use and share their experiences of life with wisdom, humility and gladness.
We pray for the work and service of all homes and day centres for elderly and sick people, and for the comprehensive Christian care and visiting scheme being established in Bedford
Jesus Light of the world, shine in our darkness

Lord, we pray that world-wide churches may always be ready to travel along your way and in your direction.
Bless and guide our ministers and leaders
As we enter the Lenten season of penitence and discipline, help us to be alive to your Spirit, who searches all our hearts and renews our lives as we offer our faith and obedience.
Jesus Light of the world, shine in our darkness

We pray for nations and leaders as they live through conflicts and struggle with identity. We think of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya and the Middle East
We remember those suffering in natural disasters – the snow in China, the dangerous conditions in parts of this country, floods and famines in Africa.
We pray for all those people sacrificially working to bring aid and help where it is most needed.
Jesus Light of the world, shine in our darkness

We pray for the families and communities we represent asking that we may have a spirit of generous love, understanding and respect for those who are different from us.

We pray for all finding their life-journey tedious, lonely or uncertain,
those who are ill or vulnerable, Be their strong comfort in times of need. Bless and protect their families and their carers.
Jesus Light of the world, shine in our darkness

Lord, we pray for those who have died and those who miss and grieve for them.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench. We light a candle as a symbol of your love and warmth and hope.
We think of…………………………………………..
You turn our darkness into light, in your light shall we see light.
Grant us and all who have known you in their hearts a share in your eternal kingdom.
Jesus Light of the world, shine in our darkness

In the silence of these moments, we make our particular concerns known to God.

Open our eyes, Father
To the light of your glory
In the world you have made
In the people around us
And in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful Father, accept thise prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s Prayer