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Collects for the present time

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 8 Apr 2020

Lee Gatiss offers a selection of prayers appropriate for use this Easter time and beyond.

A Collect for Maundy Thursday

Almighty God,
whose glorious Son washed the feet of his disciples
and loved them to the uttermost:
give us your needful grace to love our neighbours as ourselves,
in these days of worry and isolation,
that we may bear witness by the power of his Spirit
to the love of him who died for us all
to rescue us from the wrath to come,
Amen.

A Collect for Good Friday
Heavenly Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ shared our flesh and blood
that he might make atonement for our sins
and through the eternal Spirit offer himself unblemished to you:
grant us steadfast faith
to suffer as he did all the thorns and thistles of this mortal life,
that just as he breathed his last in expectant hope of your fatherly goodness,
we too may rest secure in the grace of the one who bore our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.
For we ask in his precious name,
Amen.

Two Collects for Easter Sunday
Our God and Father,
in whose great mercy we have been given new birth
into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:
strengthen us with that solid hope
and calm our anxious thoughts and fears
in the midst of the dangers we now face,
that we who often stagger in desperate times
may rejoice and be satisfied with him
whose painful anguish of soul brought us the light of life.
For we ask in Jesus’s name,
Amen.

Lord Jesus,
who was delivered over to death for our sins
and was raised to life for our justification:
fill our hearts with thankful praise for all the blessings we enjoy in this life
and, having been justified by your grace alone,
renew our hope of eternal life,
O Christ our healer and redeemer,
Amen.

For those diagnosed with COVID-19
Lord Jesus,
who offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears
to the one who could save him from death,
and was heard because of his reverent submission:
have mercy on ____________(insert names)
(and) all those who live in the shadow of this terrible virus,
that they may have strength for the struggle and hope for the future;
And in the midst of the heat and urgency of their condition
grant their thirsty souls true repentance for their sins,
that they may know forgiveness and eternal life in you,
Amen.

For those grieving in isolation for the death of loved ones
Gracious Heavenly Father,
who knows our grief is the price we pay for love:
give gospel comfort and consolation
to those who feel the pain of bereavement
and the anguish of separation at this time of global crisis;
and reminded as we are of the fleeting frailty of this life,
teach each one of us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
For we ask in the name of your Son,
who was cut off from the land of the living
to rescue us from the present evil age,
Amen.

For those dying alone during this time
Sovereign Lord, our rock and our salvation,
who has promised never to leave or forsake those who put their trust in you:
hear the feeble sighs and groaning
of those now fighting their final battle without their loved ones by their side;
by your Spirit, grant them grace and strength to endure what they must,
and having put their faith in Christ,
may their eyes see at last the Redeemer
for whom our hearts have always yearned,
so that along with all those who love the Lord Jesus with an undying love, they may receive the crown of righteousness from him
on the day we meet again,
Amen.

More of Lee Gatiss’s prayers for a time of sickness can be found here.

Lee Gatiss is Director of Church Society.

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