A Journey through Lent 2021

ASH WEDNESDAY AT HOME
A solemn act of penitence for use at home

We begin by making the sign of the cross

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We keep a period of silence before saying the collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
You hate nothing that you have made
And forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
That we, worthily lamenting our sins
And acknowledging our wretchedness,
May receive from you, the God of all mercy,
Perfect remission and forgiveness:
Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen.

We keep a period of silent reflection on our sins before saying:

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
We have sinned against you and against our neighbour
In what we have thought, in what we have said and done,
Through ignorance, through weakness,
Through our own deliberate faut.
We have wounded your love
And marred your image in us.
We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins,
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ
Who died for us, forgive us all that is past:
And lead us out from darkness
To walk as children of light. Amen

A Journey through Lent 2021

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O Radiant Dawn – a Resource for Advent

In this booklet you’ll find a reflection to use each day during Advent.

For each day there will be a portion of Scripture, a short reflection and a prayer. You might like to use it to
accompany the lighting of an Advent Candle or Wreath, or with opening a door on the Advent Calendar in your home, as you take a moment to prayerfully reflect on the journey this season takes us on.

CLICK/TAP HERE for the booklet (it may take a few moments to load).

Prayer for the Nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and senior church leaders
have called a month of Prayer for the Nation during the second
lockdown.
The suggestion is that as many of us as possible unite to do this at 6pm
each day.
These prayers and themes are offered as tools to enable all to participate
and are intended simply as suggestions.

A Family Prayer

Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing.
We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our fears and concerns, our difficulties and challenges.
Please draw close to each of us and those we remember before you now.
Bring to us your peace and comfort.
And fill us with your Spirit that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others.
As a country protect us, encourage us and keep us.
In the name of your Son Jesus we pray. Amen.

Prayers for the nation

Lord Jesus Christ,
In these dark and difficult days we turn our hearts to you. In ages past you have delivered our nation from disaster. Do it again we pray.
Give Wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders. Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
Give comfort beyond human comfort to children and the elderly and all who grieve.
Lord, Jesus Christ. In these dark and difficult days, turn your face towards us, have mercy upon us, and heal our land we pray. Amen

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it abundantly; pour out your blessing upon our nation; where there is illness, bring your healing touch; where there is fear, strengthen us with the knowledge of your presence; where there is uncertainty, build us up in faith; where there is dishonesty, lead us into truth; where there is discord, may we know the harmony of your love; this we ask in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Loving God,
at this time of crisis when so many are suffering, we pray for our nation and our world. Give our leaders wisdom, our Health Service strength, our people hope. Lead us through these parched and difficult days to the fresh springs of joy and comfort that we find in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Loving Father God Be with us in our distress: with our families, friends and neighbours, our country and our world. Give health to the sick, hope to the fearful, and comfort to the mourners. Give wisdom to our frontline and key workers, insight to our government and patience to us all; Overcome disease with the power of your new life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Daily Themes

Sunday – Family, friends and loved ones

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope.
We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together they would not feel apart.
We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

Monday – Schools and colleges, children and young people

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.
We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.
We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.

Tuesday – Elderly, isolated and vulnerable

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated: praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort.
We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

Wednesday – Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.
We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.
We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future. We pray for a renewed commitment to our common life together.

Thursday – The NHS and other key workers

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS. Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray for that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.

Friday – National and Local government

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local
level at this difficult time. We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgment.

Saturday – All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health

‘Lord the one you love is ill….’ John 11 v 3

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind, spirit or with grief. We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.
We pray for those who are stretched beyond their own capacity to cope and remain hopeful – that in the roar of these waterfalls God would bring a sense of coherence, comfort and strength.

A Grace

Dear God
We are grateful for all that you have given to us – this food, each other and our health.
We pray for those who lack these things we enjoy.
Give us thank full hearts and opportunities to share your gifts with others.
We lift before you this country in these difficult days – and pray you would protect us, encourage us and keep us.
Amen.

Coronavirus daily prayer June 27

Today’s daily prayer comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from the parishes of All Saints, Godshill, St Alban’s, Ventnor, Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour-on-the-cliff, Shanklin, who reflects on using all five of our senses. Spend a moment praying alongside her as you start this new day.

Every morning at 8am while our churches are closed for public worship, we’re sharing a one-minute video prayer from one of our clergy team. You can join in with those prayers on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or on our website here – https://bit.ly/33GRRqD. We’ll end this feature on July 4, when our churches are allowed to re-open for worship services.

Deacon Corinne with the Diocese of Portsmouth prayer for the day

Diocese of Portsmouth

As we head into Day 3 of Thy Kingdom Come, our daily prayer today comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from All Saints, Godshill and St Alban’s Ventnor; and from Good Shepherd, Lake, and St Saviour on the Cliff, Shanklin, who reflects on some key words from the Lord’s Prayer. Spend a moment in prayer with her at the start of this new day.

We’re sharing prayers each morning from our clergy team during the lockdown. Do follow our social media accounts or look at our website here – https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/video-reflections/ – each day at around 8am for the latest one-minute video prayer.

Prayers for VE Day 75

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This weekend millions of people across the UK will be commemorating VE Day 75 years ago. It means something very special to Portsmouth because the war is at the heart of the city’s story. This was a frontline city. So we, as a group of Anglican clergy offer this prayer for all of Portsmouth and for everyone who knows and loves the city for its indomitability and unique character. Pompey really did play up and long may Pompey continue to do so.

From the Act of Commitment for Peace

Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.
Amen.

A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
Recorded at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Isle of Wight VE Day 75 Year Anniversary Celebrations
Sadly due to the current crisis all public planned events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of V.E Day on the Isle of Wight had to be cancelled, but with the help of The IOW Film Club we are able to bring to you this short video with messages from local Isle of Wight dignitaries and a look back to the celebrations on the Isle of Wight in 1995 for the 50th anniversary.