>Prayers of the People

>My parish recently asked its newest members and members-to-be to write our own forms of the Prayers of the people, which is communal prayer offered in Episcopal (and other) liturgies. The Prayers of the People seeks to express the needs, concerns, fears, and questions of all the members of a church an to connect them to the broader Church and world abroad. So here’s my crack at it.

With all our heart and soul, let us pray to the Lord for mercy in the ancient Greek in which many of our earliest brothers and sisters spoke:

(The kyrie response could be chanted or sung, and the prayer could be concluded with an extended traditional kyrie chant.)

For Your Church, in all its denominations and divisions, and for all who love Truth within or without the Body of Christ.
Kyrie Eleison.

For this and all nations, for our leaders, for the citizens, for all who find themselves in positions of authority and power.
Kyrie Eleison.

For all who volunteer and work for others and for their communities, who struggle to improve the world as well as themselves.
Kyrie Eleison.

For the whole earth, from which we arose and on which we will always depend, for all of the life with which we share this planet.
Kyrie Eleison.

For all the communities of Richmond, Northside and Southside, Westend and Eastend, downtown and suburban, for that broader community which we often forget or ignore but to which we are intimately tied.
Kyrie Eleison.

For the poor, for the sick, for the oppressed, for the enslaved, for the dying, for all who are powerless in the face of power, who are not only our brothers and sisters, but infact Christ, who is always before us in the least of us.
Kyrie Eleison.

For all who live with the hope of Christ’s kingdom and for [St. Andrew and] all who have died in that same hope, who together have and are striving to obediently serve as builders of that kingdom.
Kyrie Eleison.

For each of us here and now, whoever we are, certainly creatures of God and certainly called to the work of redemption.
Kyrie Eleison.

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