The Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, home to the three Abrahamic faiths, centre of the world’s political conflicts, asks for your prayers.
We offer this monthly cycle:
1st The Presiding Bishop of the Province, Most Revd. Dr. Mouneer Anis
THE DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM
2nd The Archbishop, Rt. Revd Suheil Dawani and his wife, Shafeeqa. For wisdom as he leads the church in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The Cathedral staff and Very Revd. Canon Hosam Nahoum, the Dean.
3rd The clergy serving the parishes in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and the congregations who keep the faith and sustain the churches in troubled times.
4th The hospitals, and centres that tend the sick: St. Luke’s Nablus, Alhi Arab hospital Gaza, Penman Clinic Zebabdeh.
5th The schools that prepare the next generation: St. George’s Jerusalem, the International School Jerusalem, Arab Episcopal School Ramallah, Vocational Training Centre Ramallah, Christ’s School Nazareth, St. John’s School Haifa, The Ahliyyah School for Girls, the Bishop’s Kindergarten and the Bishop’s School for Boys Amman, The Schneller Vocational Training Institute Amman, St. Saviour’s School Zerqa, St. John Baptist School for Integration of the Blind Irbid, St. George’s School Lod.
6th The centres that give hope to the hurt: Princess Basma Centre for Disabled Children Jerusalem, Holy Land Institute for the Deaf Salt, The Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Centre Jordan Valley, The Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf Beirut, St. Luke’s Centre for the Mentally Disabled Beirut, the Home for the Elderly Amman, The Episcopal Home for Children Ramallah.
7th The guest houses that provide hospitality and refreshment for pilgrims and all visitors, St. George’s Jerusalem, St. Margaret’s Nazareth, St Andrew's Ramallah, Schneller Institute Amman and Christ Church Jerusalem.
8th The peace work, the Peace and Reconcilaition Movement, the Kids4Peace work, Sabeel and the people from all sides who seek peace and pursue it.
9th The international courses at St George's Jerusalem, the Dean of Studies, Reverend Dr. Graham Smith.
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed,
Kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all people the true love of peace.
THE DIOCESE OF IRAN
10th The Bishop, Rt. Revd. Azad Marshall and his wife Lesley, and for his pastoral visits to Iran.
11th The leaders, Mr. Baba Mohammadi in Ishafan, Revd. Christopher Edgar in Tehran, Mr. Ashrafi in Shiraz, and their faithful people. Pray for a successor to Canon Nusratullah Sharifian who died in autumn 2014.
12th The congregations of Ishafan, Tehran and Shiraz that they may contribute well to Iranian society and live full and free lives.
13th The plans to develop an Inter-faith Centre for dialogue in Tehran, that they may be fruitful.
14th The Government, the Supreme Leader, the President, the Governors and all in authority.
Guide with thy pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity thy kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love.
THE DIOCESE OF CYPRUS AND THE GULF
15th The Bishop, Rt. Revd. Michael Lewis and his wife, Julia, and his Administrative staff.
16th The Dean of St.Paul’s Cathedral Nicosia, Very Revd. John Tyrrell and his wife Carol.
The Dean of St.Christopher’s Cathedral Bahrain, Very Revd. Christopher Butt and his wife Tricia.
17th The Archdeacon of the Gulf, Ven. Bill Schwartz and his wife Edith.
The Archdeacon of Cyprus, Ven. Dr. John Holdsworth and his wife Sue.
18th The clergy of Cyprus serving the people of Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Nape, Paphos, Famagusta and for the faithful who serve those churches, and the work of Katafiyio Retreat House.
19th The clergy of the Gulf, serving the people of Dubai, Sharjah, Oman, Jebel Ali, Ras al Khaimeh, Aden, and the scattered congregations of the Arabian Peninsular who keep the faith privately.
20th The church in Qatar, and for Archdeacon Bill Schwartz who leads the building work and the appeal for funding.
21st The congregation of Baghdad, led by Canon Andrew White and Reverend Faiz Jerjas. The people of Iraq, of all faiths, and all the Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in other lands.
22nd The political leaders of the ten jurisdictions, in Cyprus, in Iraq and in the Gulf States, that all may seek and make just and stable governments.
Almighty and everlasting God, creator and giver of all good gifts, mercifully hear our prayers and grant to this diocese all things needful for its welfare.
DIOCESE OF EGYPT with N.AFRICA and THE HORN OF AFRICA
23rd The Bishop, the Most Revd. Dr. Mouneer Anis and his wife, Nancy, and the Interim Dean of the Cathedral, Rt.Revd Derek Eaton and his wife, Alice.
24th The Bishop in North Africa, Rt. Revd. Bill Musk and his wife, Hillary, and all those who have borne brave witness in Libya.
25th The Ethiopian mission. The Bishop in the Horn of Africa, Rt. Revd. Dr Grant LeMarquand and his wife, Wendy and all who seek to build a serving church.
26th The clergy who serve the church day by day in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the congregations who sustain them.
27th The Institutions that serve the community: The Harpur Hospital in Cairo, Health Centre in Sadat City, the Episcopal School Menouf, the work with the deaf, with refugees, with prisoners and in other areas of welfare and social need.
28th The Theological School in Alexandria with its Principal Revd. Emad Azmi, all his staff and students, that it may be a place of sound learning and good fellowship.
29th The political leaders of the many and diverse nations that form the diocese, that Government may be just and sound.
Strengthen the faithful, protect the children, comfort the sick, uplift the fallen, bring us all to be of one heart and one mind within the fellowship of thy holy church.
30th The Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association, its Chairman Mr. Richard Owens, the chair of Trustees Mr. John Clark, the Administrator Mrs Shirley Eason and all those whose gifts, past and present, sustain it.
Bring to our world of strife
The sovereign word of peace
That war may haunt the earth no more
And desolation cease