Prayer suggestions for Holy Week

This Holy Week, please pray...

Lord Jesus, you rode humbly into Jerusalem, the seat of government and the heart of the power of the Roman occupation… so we pray for world leaders, for governments, for peace...

Lord Jesus, you rode humbly into Jerusalem, the centre of Jewish religious life… so we pray for our leaders, our churchwardens, our PCC, our mission partners, our Church family, ourselves...

Lord Jesus, you rode humbly into Jerusalem, the hub of Jewish culture and family life… so we pray for our families, our friends, our relationships, the sick and the dying, those we will be inviting to share Easter this week...

Lord Jesus, you rode humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey, hearing the cheers of the welcoming crowd but knowing that you were going to your death, for our sake…

So we pray, as we travel through this Holy Week, that your journey to Jerusalem and to the cross may build us up in faith; help us to face our fears with courage; to shape our lives according to your pattern; and cause us to share, in you, the possibility of joy in the midst of despair and an unquenchable hope of life beyond death. Amen.

 

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.