Intercessions for the Feast of St Stephen

God with us,

we give you thanks that your are always with us,

in good times

and in times of sorrow and struggle.

We thank you that you reach out to us in love,

that you are ready to welcome us home

in this world and the next.

On this feast of St Stephen

we pray for places in the world

where this is bloodshed and violence,

trouble and sorrow.

We pray for all who are persecuted for their faith,

and for prisoners of conscience and political prisoners:
once more we pray for Nazanin Zagharri Ratliffe, and for  her family –

that soon she will be free,

that politicians and negotiators will work for her freedom.

We give you thanks for this day:

the chance to rest and recover,

to look at our gifts,

go out for a walk

or curl up in warmth and relax.

In our contentment

let us never forget that you are here,

our companion and friend.

Gives us compassionate hearts

to reach out to those in need,

and help us to grow in our faith

as we walk with you into the coming year.


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