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 March 2021
29 MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK, for the health & well-being of Ambulance Service
30 TUE IN HOLY WEEK, for victims of domestic abuse & for Stirling Women’s Aid
31 WED IN HOLY WEEK, may we have the gift of patience while lockdown is eased
Prayer Diary for April 2021
1 MAUNDY THURSDAY, that we love one another for the love of Our Lord
2 GOOD FRIDAY for the perpetrators and victims of torture
3 HOLY SATURDAY, from our darkness and despair may the Risen Light of Christ
4 EASTER DAY Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Alleluia He is Risen, indeed Alleluia!
5 EASTER MONDAY, for the fellowship we share in the mystery of the Resurrection
6 EASTER TUESDAY, for those rebuilding their lives and livelihoods
7 EASTER WEDNESDAY, let us rejoice at the good things and new skills acquired
8 EASTER THURSDAY for children in care; for the Aberlour Childcare Trust
9 Fri Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martyr, 1945 “This is the end - for me, it is the beginning of life”
10 Sat William Law, Priest, 1761, for victims of domestic abuse & Stirling Women’s Aid
11 EASTER 2 for pharmacies and their care and response to women exposed to threat
12 Mon William Forbes, Bishop, 1634, for Ian our Bishop
13 Tue for Rachel Campbell, Secretary & Vestry Members
14 Wed for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer
15 Thu for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative
16 Fri Magnus of Orkney, c1116, that the Festival in some form is held this year
17 Sat Donnan, Abbot & Companions, Martyrs, c617, for The Revd Graham Willey
18 EASTER 3 for Alistair, Sarah, Gen and Youth and Children’s ministries
19 Mon for the continuing valuable fellowship of “Tiny Tots Café”
20 Tue Maelrubha of Applecross, Abbot, 722, for those “in hospitality and tourism”
21 Wed Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop & Teacher, 1109, for Archbishop Justin Welby
22 Thu for our Director of Music Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group
23 Fri George, Martyr, c303 for the Scout Movement and for more leaders
24 Sat the 40th Birthday Tea Party for Strathcarron Hospice
25 EASTER 4 Vocations Sunday, for those considering a call to lay or ordained
26 Mon Mark, Evangelist, for the Scottish Episcopal Institute
27 Tue Albert Ernest Laurie, priest, 1937, for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector
28 Wed for Helen Kemp, HT Safeguarding and PVG Officer
29 Thu Catherine of Siena, 1380, for those physically, mentally & emotionally exhausted
30 Fri Pandita Mary Ramabai, 1922, Social Activist, for The Revd Val Nellist
Saints and Heroes inspiring our prayers in April
9th Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1945 was a German pastor and theologian whose influence
and theological thinking has been profound, especially when his writings were
available in English after the war. Since the 1930’s he actively campaigned against
the Nazis. He was arrested in 1943 and executed on 9 April 1945. Read Letters &
Papers from Prison and discover the faith, compassion, and humour of this saintly
10th William Law, Priest, 1761, priest and spiritual writer. He led a life of great
simplicity and devotion and helped to establish schools and works of charity. His
writings, such as A Serious Call to a Holy Life inspired others, like John and Charles
Wesley to take their Christian discipleship seriously.
23rd George, Martyr, c303 Patron Saint of England. At the time of the Crusades a
manual that encouraged piety by following the lives of saints was popular. Its title
was The Golden Legend. The soldiers chose George who slew the Dragon as their
example of courage and chivalry with a badge of a red cross on a white background
and a national flag. The Scout Association also chose George as an example of
courage and how to overcome adversity.
26th Albert Ernest Laurie, priest, 1937 was the Rector of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh
1890-1937. He is revered as a faithful parish priest and pastor whose untiring
devotion and hard work among all sorts and conditions of people in the Old Town
made him greatly loved. He served as a chaplain in WW1 and was awarded the MC
and Bar in 1916.
29th Catherine of Siena, 1380 was born in the middle of a pandemic, ‘The Black
Death’ and so a saint for our time. A member of the Dominican Order, her advice
was sought by many, from the humblest people to the Pope. Known as a mystic and
contemplative her many letters show a clear teaching and her active love of God and
neighbour. But she was outspoken about corruption and did penance that the
Church might be cleansed.
30th Pandita Mary Ramabai 1858-1922. An Indian social activist with a strong
interest in God’s love and justice demonstrated in the way she carried out her work.
Although rejected for medical training because of her increasing deafness, she
encouraged women to train as doctors. She rescued thousands of orphans and child
widows and other destitute women and provided shelter and safety at the Mission
still active today, providing housing, education and training.
A selection of our favourite prayers, to help you express your feelings to God and to draw comfort and support from Him.