Prayer and Prayer Diary
There's so much about our church that we can pray for. Please build these suggestions into your own prayers, day by day.
Prayer Diary for May 2020
22 Fri, for those who work in Community Pharmacies
23 Sat William of Perth, 1201, for the Revd Graham Willey
24 EASTER 7, safety &refuge for those at risk of (hidden) domestic abuse
25 Mon Bede of Wearmouth, for those teaching & studying at this difficult time
26 Tue Augustine of Canterbury, to discover new ways to preach the Gospel
27 Wed for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity
28 Thu for Music Director Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group
29 Fri, those who have died and those feeling isolated and in great distress
30 Sat for those with alcohol & drug addictions
31 THE DAY OF PENTECOST those seeking a Vaccine against Covid 19 Virus
Prayer Diary for June 2020
1 Mon Visit of Mary to Elizabeth (trans 31 May), For the fellowship of HT Tots Café 2 Tue for HM Queen Elizabeth on 67th anniversary of her Coronation 3 Wed Uganda Martyrs, 1886, Janani Luwum, Bishop 1977, for Ugandan victims of Covid 19
4 Thu John XXIII Bishop of Rome, Reformer 1963, for Pope Francis
5 Fri Boniface of Mainz, for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector 6 Sat for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary & Alt Lay Rep & Vestry Members 7 TRINITY SUNDAY Thanksgiving for our growing faith, fellowship & outreach 8 Mon St Ephrem, the Syrian, Deacon & Teacher of the Faith 373, for peace in Syria 9 Tue St Columba of Iona, Abbot 597 for the Iona Community & the Revd Val Nellist 10 Wed for patients with Covid 19 & medical & nursing teams caring for them 11 Thu Today is Corpus Christi, and we pray for our Altar Servers: Jim, Brian, Mike & Suzanne
12 Fri St Barnabas, Apostle (trans from 11 June), that we encourage one another 13 Sat for HT Kidz & leaders Sarah, Gen & Alistair 14 TRINITY 1 for those providing ‘home care’ and ‘residential care’ 15 Mon Evelyn Underhill, devotional writer 1941, for HT Study Groups 16 Tue for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer 17 Wed, for Cathy Johnston our Lay Representative 18 Thu for Music Director Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group 19 Fri for those exposed to Covid 19: NHS & Carers, Bus Drivers, Prison staff, Police Officers
20 Sat St Fillan, Abbot, c750, for those caring for isolated & vulnerable people 21 TRINITY 2 for PM Boris Johnson & FM Nicola Sturgeon & their advisers 22 Mon St Alban, Martyr, c209, for those with alcohol, drug & gambling addictions 23 Tue for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity
24 Wed Birth of John the Baptist, for carers & children finding “Stay Home” difficult
25 Thu St Moluag of Lismore, Bishop c592, for the Revd Graham Willey 26 Fri Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane 1684, for Ian our Bishop 27 Sat Alexander Jolly, Bishop of Moray 1838, for Bishop Mark & our Primus 28 TRINITY 3, thanksgiving for the rich discovery of other ways of worshipping together 29 Mon Ss Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs, that giving to charities is sustained 30 Tue for exposure of domestic abuse and for places of refuge for victims
A selection of our favourite prayers, to help you express your feelings to God and to draw comfort and support from Him.
Saints and Heroes
1st The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth (trans from 31 May) Mary’s visit brought the comfort and reassurance of physical presence to her cousin, which is a precious need denied to many at this present time.
3rd Charles Lwanga & Companions, 1886 & Janani Luwum, Bishop 1977, Uganda Martyrs. At the end of the 19thc. many Christian converts were martyred for speaking out against the corruption of the King Mwanga. In the 1970’s Archbishop Janani Luwum stood alongside other church leaders to oppose the cruelties of the Idi regime and he was murdered
4th John XXIII Bishop of Rome, Reformer 1963. There was surprise in the Church (and the world) when in 1962 this elderly Pope called together in a Council of the Church those who expressed ideas that would propose radical changes in Church teaching and practice (Vatican II). One example was simplifying orders of worship and using the vernacular not Latin.
5th Boniface of Mainz, Bishop, Missionary & Martyr, 754 He was born and Baptised in Devon and became a Benedictine monk, refusing to be an Abbot He accepted a calling as a missionary to Europe where he is known as the ‘Apostle of Germany’ after founding schools and abbeys.
8th Ephrem, the Syrian,
Deacon & Teacher of the Faith 373. Syrians were amongst the earliest Christians and we must not forget the
prolonged suffering our sisters and brothers, amongst those of different faiths,
are enduring in that place of ongoing devastation and death. As both a
practical man and a man of holiness and devotion he would have been a great source
of help and comfort. An example of his
devotional writing we still sing as a hymn today “Strengthen for
service Lord, the hands that holy things have taken”
12 Fri Barnabas, Apostle (trans from 11 June) We do not know
the birth name of this Jewish Christian from Cyprus as this is his
nickname which means ‘son of encouragement’. We learn of his generosity
and warm heartedness from Acts and Paul’s Letters. When Paul came to Jerusalem after
his conversion and there was still suspicion of this man they had known as the ruthless persecutor of the Church, it was Barnabas
trusted, welcomed him and introduced him to the Apostles.