As today we remember the suffering of Jesus on the cross, we pray for all those who live with suffering today.

We pray for the Church around the world, especially wherever Christians are suffering. We remember our links with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and South Sudan, praying for all those who are refugees, having fled from civil unrest in South Sudan. We pray too for our own churches in this country, as we continue to express our communion and fellowship through our prayers at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Bless our bishops, Nicholas, Karen and Andrew, and all church leaders as we seek different ways to communicate and express the faith of Christ in such difficult circumstances. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for our government, and for all those who have to make difficult decisions during this crisis. We remember especially those managing and running the National Health Service, trying to provide the resources and equipment needed for those on the front line of the battle against this virus. We remember also the work of the World Health Organisation, as it seeks to encourage and assist countries around the world in bringing this pandemic to an end. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We hold in prayer the communities where we live. May we be inspired to reach out and help those who are isolated or vulnerable, showing God’s love in providing food and medicines to those who need it. Through the working of God’s Holy Spirit, may we strengthen community spirit in service to one another and play our part in helping to limit and prevent further suffering. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

And now we lift up to God in a moment of quiet all those who are suffering at present, in our family, among our friends and neighbours, those in hospital or at home. We remember especially those in intensive care, and all those who cannot be visited by loved ones because of coronavirus.

We pray, too, for all doctors and nurses and all who treat the sick, giving thanks to God for their courage and hard work as they risk their own health in order to save other lives. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend into God’s loving care all those who have died, giving thanks for their lives and their love, and remembering especially those who have died without the comfort of their loved ones beside them. May our Lord enfold them all in the arms of his love, to bring comfort and help in dark times. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.