Prayers for Palm Sunday, Year A : 5th April 2020

Please use and share these prayers as you will. There is no copyright on communications with God our Heavenly Father, his beloved son Jesus Christ our Lord or with the Holy Spirit and Lord of Life.


A prayer for the Corona Virus situation

Merciful God, we pray for the people who have contracted the coronavirus in New Zealand and around the world.  Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads.  We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.

Heavenly Father, help us all to be understanding, patient, and responsible in what we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.


Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, bringing sight to the blind, curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

(LONGER pause for silent, personal reflection)

Almighty God, as we approach Holy Week hearing again, the story of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and His passion, may it help us to truly understand the sacrifice He made for us as we reflect on some aspects of the challenges of the faith that we have in Him.


Despite being unable to gather in our churches we give thanks for all those who are putting together and posting digital worship, enabling us to be together in spirit as we relive the Easter story, a story which fills us with hope and confidence that there will be an end to the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic.


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer 


We think of Christ the servant.

Holy God, teach us to be generous. Teach us to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that we do Your will.


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We think of Christ at prayer whilst his disciples sleep.


Gracious God we recognise that sometimes we put off prayer and thanksgiving as we give way to our human frailty.  We thank you for those who pray and intercede on our behalf both in heaven and here on earth.

(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We think of Christ betrayed with a kiss and with denials.


Almighty God, please help us never to abandon someone in their time of greatest need. Help us to forgive those who have wounded us or abandoned us in times of crisis.  Cleanse our hearts from bitterness and resentment so that we can be more like Jesus, who was abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him.


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our PrayerWe think of Christ falsely tried.


Merciful God, we pray today for those facing the mockery of a trial, knowing that there is no justice for them and that their sentence might lead to a long term of imprisonment or even death.  We remember too those who languish in jails that are overcrowded or in inhumane conditions and those who await their fate on “death row”


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We think of Christ tortured and violently executed.


Everlasting God, your son was tortured, beaten and humiliated, and sentenced to an agonising death though he had done no wrong. We pray for all prisoners throughout the world and ask you to be with them in the darkness of their prison cell, in the loneliness of separation from those they love and in their fear in the face of torture, execution and death.


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer


We think of Christ’s compassion despite the way he received none himself.


Loving God we pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing especially our Health Services who are bravely caring for those who are in need in this worldwide crisis.  We pray for the sick, the sorrowful, those who have recently died and those who  are bereaved by their passing. <please ADD NAMES you know of of those requesting prayer and those recently departed>


(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer


Father  God, as we move into Holy Week we commend ourselves and all those whom we live amongst, for whom Christ suffered, to His mercy and protection.

(Short Silence) Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Everlasting God we thank you for having heard us and, confident that all is safely in your hands, wherever we may be, confined to home or restricted in any way we know that we are surrounded by your love and care in all that we do in the coming week.


(Short Silence) Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

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