Prayer Diary – March 2024
Fri Mar 1st – On St. David’s Day we remember the people of Wales and celebrate the cultures, beauty and history of Wales. We pray for all living in towns and areas beset with difficulties of high unemployment, poverty and drug problems. On Zero Discrimination Day we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity. To protect everyone’s health, we pray that we work to protect everyone’s rights. We pray locally for the people of Hillwood Avenue, that they may have a sense of the wonder and diversity of God’s creation.
Sat Mar 2nd – Looking towards World Wildlife Day (3rd) we give thanks for the wonders of the planet’s plants and animals. We pray for those across the world dedicated to conservation of habitat and education concerning ways for wildlife and humans to peaceably coexist and share resources. Locally we pray for the people of Holland Road, that they find the welcome and support of a caring neighbourhood.
Sun Mar 3rd – Lent 3. Exod 20: 1-17; Ps 19; 1Corinth 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out my offences. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my faults and my sin is ever before me. (from Ps 51) Merciful Father, help us see the truth of our failings as well as our gifts. Help us to see the gifts of others as well as their failings. Be with those who feel unforgivable, that they may see your mercy and find their path forward. Teach us to be merciful, in the name of your son, our saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Mon Mar 4th – We pray for those who work in medicine and public health around the world, that they may have skills, compassion, wisdom and patience. Locally we remember the people of Houghton Road and pray for their safety, health and well-being.
Tue Mar 5th – On this International Day for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Awareness, we pray for wisdom and understanding, for guidance and direction in turning away from violence. Weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons, continue to be of primary concern, owing to their destructive power and the threat that they pose to humanity. The excessive accumulation in conventional weapons and the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons jeopardizes international peace and security and sustainable development, while the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is seriously endangering civilians. New and emerging weapon technologies, such as autonomous weapons, pose a challenge to global security and have received increased attention from the international community in recent years. May we learn to grow a world without the dependence and spending on such weaponry. Locally we pray for the people of Huntley Road, for a neighbourhood of understanding, hospitality and care.
Wed Mar 6th – We pray for all involved in rescue services, such as RNLI, Mountain Rescue, the ambulance, police and fire service. We give thanks for work they do and pray for them and all who support them. We pray for all who have need of rescue services. We pray too for those working globally to respond to emergencies, trying to get aid to those in need. Locally we pray particularly for the people of Imperial Way, that they may feel the joy of belonging and being valued.
Thu Mar 7th – We remember those areas of conflict in the world and pray for an end to violence, hostage taking, torture, indiscriminate cruelty, the continuing support for illegal acts from UK trade in armaments. We pray that world leaders may have the courage to work for peace and justice. Locally we pray for the people of Ingleton Avenue, that they may sense God’s presence with them, whatever they are facing.
Fri Mar 8th – On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women, particularly in areas of work traditionally associated with men. We pray especially for women who still feel that their voices are not heard, their human rights ignored. We give thanks for the courage and resilience shown by so many women in the struggle for freedom and equality. Locally we pray for the people of Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust Ltd, that they may experience the love and kindness of others today.
Sat Mar 9th – Looking towards the International Day Of Women Judges (10th), we pray for all working in justice systems around the world. We pray for all who have risen through the ranks despite being on the receiving end of prejudice, discrimination and antiquated views. We pray for integrity, wisdom, understanding and fairness in our legal systems. We pray locally for the people of Kathkin Avenue, that they may feel the richness of a community of respect, care and inclusivity.
Sun Mar 10th – Lent 4. Mothering Sun. 1Sam 1: 20-end; Ps 34: 11-20; 2Cor 1: 3-7; Luke 2: 33-35 Loving God, Father and Mother, we give thanks for mothers everywhere and for families of all shapes and sizes: for those connected by blood, by adoption, fostering or friendship. We pray for all with parenting and caring roles: for mothers around the world, some overawed, some scared, some thrilled, some alone, some poor, some anxious: for fathers, and other family members bringing up young children, some feeling inadequate, some unsupported, some enriched in a way they’d not thought possible: for individuals caring for others: for all of us called to care for friends, family, friends, at different stages. Give us the patience, skills, compassion, humour and common sense necessary. We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ.
Mon Mar 11th – We give thanks for our public parks and gardens and pray for all who maintain them and all who enjoy using them. We give thanks for the people of Kearsley Road and ask that they may sense the joy and richness of God’s creation.
Tue Mar 12th – We pray for artists of all kinds: musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, circus performers, giving thanks for their strength, dedication and skill. May we never lose sight of the importance of the many ways in which they enrich our lives, opening our eyes and ears to the beauty and joy that their work and gifts provide. Locally, we pray for the people of Kings Avenue, that they may have peace and joy in their hearts.
Wed Mar 13th – We pray for all who have lost loved ones through accidents or violence. We pray that they may have the truth of the story; that they may have support and love around them, giving them strength and hope. Locally we pray for the people of Lansdowne Road, giving thanks for the ways in which they enrich the lives of the local community.
Thu Mar 14th – Looking to World Poetry Day (21st) we give thanks for poets everywhere, for those whose poetry delights, sustains, inspires, teaches, challenges and discomforts us. We give thanks for those who encourage a love for poetry and those who use their skills to highlight injustice or cruelty, or to remind us of love, joy and beauty. We give thanks for all who live in Lexton Avenue, that they may be conscious of the love and beauty around them.
Fri Mar 15th – On this International Day to Combat Islamophobia, we pray for all who have suffered from harassment, discrimination, hate crime and all the careless comments and supposed jokes that belittle and undermine other people. We pray that we may be alert to our own carelessness and use of language, that we may stand in solidarity with all on the receiving end of racist slurs, attitudes and treatment. Locally we pray for the people of Lidiard Street, that they may feel the safety and generosity of a kind neighbourhood.
Sat Mar 16th – We look towards the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims (24th). We pay tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, murdered on 24 March 1980. He was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. We pray for the relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, torture. The right to the truth implies knowing the full and complete truth as to the events that transpired, their specific circumstances, and who participated in them, including knowing the circumstances in which the violations took place, as well as the reasons for them. We pray for all victims of gross violations of human rights and all who are victims of cover-ups, which deny them their right to the truth. Locally we pray for the people of Limbert Circle, and for the ways in which they help to create a community that feels safe, confident and supportive.
Sun Mar 17th – Lent 5. Passiontide begins. Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51: 1-13; Heb 5: 5-10; John 12:20-33 From all that would limit our loving of our neighbour; from all that would limit our loving of God; from all that would limit our loving of our planet, God's creation, Good Lord, deliver us. By your agony and trial; by your cross and passion; by your mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, Good Lord, deliver us.
Mon Mar 18th – Looking toward the International Day of Forests (21st) we give thanks for the woods and forests of the world. We give thanks for all the ways in which trees enrich our world. We pray for all whose responsibility it is to manage woodland, to ensure the safety and protection of valuable trees and we pray for those whose responsibility it is to ensure the safety and protection of green spaces for the benefit of all. Locally we pray for the people of Limestead Avenue, that they may sense the beauty and bounty of God’s creation.
Tue Mar 19th – As we look to the International Day of Happiness (20th), we pray for all who are overwhelmed with sadness, all who are coping with difficulties of debt, poverty, homelessness, addiction, loneliness and other major issues that are in danger of destroying any hope of happiness. We pray that we learn to be mindful of all moments of joy, love and beauty, however small or brief they may be. We pray for the people of Linn Street, for their health and well-being.
Wed Mar 20th – On French Language Day we pray for French speakers everywhere and delight in the variety of languages used around the world. We pray for those whose native language is endangered, for those who have had to fight for the right to use their own language and for those who are unable to speak with fellow speakers of their native tongue. We pray locally for the people of Lowther Road, that they may have a sense of God in whatever situation they find themselves in.
Thu Mar 21st – On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination we pray for those who have suffered or are suffering still the effects of racial discrimination. We pray for greater courage and commitment to eliminate all such discrimination in all areas of life, in all parts of the world. We pray that we may be good, reliable allies in standing up to injustice. We pray for the people of Lyndhurst Avenue, that they may feel the comfort and presence of God.
Fri Mar 22nd – On World Water Day, we give thanks for this precious, life-giving gift. We pray for those areas suffering from drought, for the wildlife and habitats, for the people and the impact on ways of life and food-production. We pray for those who have to walk miles to get clean water. We pray for those organisations working to provide wells with clean water and good sanitation systems in communities currently lacking. We pray that we might be thankful always for the clean, accessible water available to us, and never take it for granted. Locally we pray for the people of Maclaren Drive, that they may experience the warmth and security of a welcoming and inclusive neighbourhood.
Sat Mar 23rd – Remembering World Down Syndrome Day (21st), we give thanks for the developments made in enabling people living with Downs to play a more active and integrated part in society. We pray for continued progress in creating an inclusive and kind, caring society, where all may feel respected and comfortable. We celebrate all that is good, kind, and joyful in our communities. We give thanks for and pray for our neighbours, colleagues, and friends. Locally we pray for the people of Magna Drive, that they may find the support, joy, and strength they need in their lives.
Sun Mar 24th – Palm Sun Is 50: 4-9a; Ps 31:9-16; Phil 2:5-11; Mark 14: 1-15 Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Mon Mar 25th – Holy Week. On this International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, we remember the devastating, dehumanising trade in people. We pray for all who continue to carry the scars of such heritage. We pray that we may learn to see our history in a way that recognises the very different experiences and perspectives of different people, to acknowledge hurts and shame, injustice and wrongdoing. We pray for the people of Maldwyn Avenue, that they may know the generosity and compassion of their community.
Tue Mar 26th – Holy Week. Remembering World Tuberculosis Day (24th), we pray for those suffering the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and we pray that efforts be stepped up to end the global TB epidemic. We pray locally for the people of Malimson Bourne Housing Association, that they may feel the security and dignity of a warm, inclusive community.
Wed Mar 27th – Holy Week. We look toward the International Day of Zero Waste (30th), recognizing that the waste sector contributes significantly to the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity and nature loss, and pollution. Humanity generates an estimated 2.24 billion tons of municipal solid waste annually, of which only 55 per cent is managed in controlled facilities. Every year, around 931 million tons of food is lost or wasted and up to 14 million tons of plastic waste enters aquatic ecosystems. We pray for more robust zero-waste initiatives to foster sound waste management and minimize and prevent waste, helping to address the triple planetary crisis, protect the environment, enhance food security and improve human health and well-being. We pray locally for the people of Manchester Jewish Housing Association, that they may see something of God’s love in their lives and in their environment.
Thu Mar 28th – Maundy Thursday As we remember the story of a servant king, ready to wash the feet of his followers, to break bread with his friends, to be alone amidst his companions, to face betrayal and death, we cannot but reflect on our lack of readiness to follow Jesus. Help us Lord to serve others; help us to celebrate the love of friends; help us when we feel alone; help us when we are betrayed. Help us to embrace life, face life’s difficulties and ultimately to face death, all with love, hope and courage. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. We pray locally for the people of Mariman Drive, that they may feel heard, hopeful and valued.
Fri Mar 29th – Good Friday ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ Luke 23:34. Merciful Lord, we give thanks for the gift of forgiveness. We find it so hard to forgive, even little offences; yet you teach us to forgive in the face of pain, betrayal and suffering. Help us to forgive each other. We find it hard to see that forgiveness can be granted; yet you show us the way. Help us to accept your forgiveness and see that we can live in hope and love. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. From our own parish we pray for the people of Maureen Avenue. For their health and welcoming, for their wellbeing and joy.
Sat Mar 30th – We pray for the people of Mayberth Avenue, that they may sense the coming joy and hope of Easter. Soul of Christ, sanctify me, body of Christ, save me, Blood of Christ, inebriate me, water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me: hide me within your wounds and never let me be separated from you. From the wicked enemy, defend me, in the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you, so that with your saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen (Anima Christi, 14th Century)
Sun Mar 31st – Easter Day Isa 25:6-9; Ps 118:1-2; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 Lord of life and power, we celebrate Easter and your son, risen from death. May we be an Easter people of truth, hope, and mercy. May we be a strong Church of courage, justice, and peace. May we reflect always your love for us in our love for others and all your creation. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen. May you have a happy and blessed Easter!