Intercessions for Passiontide (Lent 5 and 6)

Lord Jesus Christ, as we remember your Passion and death for us, help us to understand how your sacrifice has set us free. The new covenant in your blood is our salvation and our hope; let us rejoice in it, and share the good news.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who follow our Lord, and remember his betrayal and suffering. Strengthen and guide Churches, especially where they face persecution. Be with our leaders, giving them wisdom to direct Church matters under your guidance.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

As the world then cared little for the life of an innocent man, we pray for justice and peace. Give us social and political leaders of integrity, and help us to build a society which values all its people. Help those who struggle to find answers to the needs of the poor, the homeless and the refugees.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Have mercy on the desperate and despairing, whatever the causes of their trouble. Let those who see no future find hope in faith. Be with the sick, and those who care for them. (We remember especially . . . . ). Comfort the bereaved.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Lord God, we so easily make the Cross a badge or a symbol, but forget its meaning. Help us to walk through the story once again, and find the answer of your love to a world of need and distraction.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.