An Intercessory Prayer for Passion Week

The picture above is the St. John’s Cross in front of Iona Abbey (Isle of Iona, Scotland)

The prayer is taken from Ruth Haley Barton’s Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadershipwhich she adapted from the Iona Abbey Worship Book.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those who suffer pain and ill health… (silence to allow the names and faces of those you know to come to mind, and then pray)
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those who suffer in mind and spirit…
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence the suffering people of our world, and the places where people are experiencing hurt and division—including places of heart
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those experiencing grief and loss…
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those who need wisdom for their next steps…
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those people and situations that seem broken beyond repair…
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Loving God, I hold in your healing presence those whose needs are not known to me but who are known by you, and those for whom I have been asked to pray…
And I name in my heart all those who are close to me…
…may they know the deep peace of Christ.

Glory to God, from whom all love flows,
Glory to Jesus, who showed his love through suffering,
And glory to the Holy Spirit,
Who brings light to the darkest places. Amen.