Prayers of the People: Isaiah 52

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Isaiah 52.  It was written by Ann Siddall.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Isaiah 52)

Jesus, who knew what it was to be despised,
who was no stranger to suffering and infirmity,
who understood the pain of abandonment:
be with us in our living,
where the small dramas play out daily,
and where we feel great pity for ourselves.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Jesus, whose friends hid their faces
and turned away when you needed them most:
whose bruises were a political statement,
and who was a victim of perverted justice:
be with us in our world, where millions
long for justice and dignity.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Jesus, in this long, long day
before you were laid to rest,
grant to all those whose waiting
drifts on through long months and years,
the grace of knowing that you
are also present to our Good Friday stories.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

~ written by Ann Siddall, in Lent to Easter liturgies: Year C.  Posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.