Intercessions and a Blessing from Fr William Mounsey

A Blessing from The Reverend Fr William Mounsey, Assistant Priest, – in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus Intercessions

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Father, thy help and comfort to all who at this time are visited with sickness and anxiety; and prosper with thy continual blessing those who labour to devise protection for mankind against plague and pestilence; through him who both healed and hallowed suffering, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

O merciful Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ did weep at the grave of Lazarus his friend: Look with compassion upon those who are now in sorrow and affliction; comfort them, O Lord, with thy gracious consolations; make them to know that all things work together for good to them that love thee; and grant them evermore sure trust and confidence in thy fatherly care; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Merciful God, who didst send thy blessed Son to be the great physician of both soul and body: Look, we beseech thee, upon those who have dedicated their lives to the ministry of healing. Bless and strengthen them in thy service; use their skill and all such means as they shall employ for the relief of suffering and the restoration of health; and help them ever to remember that in ministering to others they minister to the one who suffered for us all, the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Guide, we beseech thee, merciful Father, all those to whom is committed the government of the nations; and grant to them at this frightening time special gifts of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and strength; that they may consult and consider calmly, and act wisely and promptly, upholding what is right, abhorring what is wrong and performing that which is just; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Merciful God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity: We praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; and we most humbly beseech thee that, at the day of the general resurrection, we, and all they who are of the mystical body of thy Son, may be set on his right hand, and hear his most joyful voice, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  Grant this, O merciful Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen

St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh, the village church at the heart of the city.