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Prayers for the Lectionary Year C

Praying through the Lectionary Year  C - 8th after Epiphany

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the Church Year.

These readings are:
A Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Acts during the Season of Easter)
A Psalm
A Lesson from the Epistles or Acts
A Lesson from the Gospels

The following prayers follow a traditional form using the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving).

There is also an opening prayer which can be used at the beginning of a service.

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

(8th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

(Proper 3. If this is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, this Proper may be replaced by the readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany)

Sunday between February 25 and February 29

Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58


It is good to meet here together for worship today, Lord. As we offer to you our hymns and songs, present our petitions and listen to your Word, speak to us, empower us for service and send us out in the sure knowledge that you are with us always. Amen


Your Word is
for victims of injustice,
for all who cannot see,
where there is hatred,
for the oppressed.
Your Word is
where there is sickness,
in times of sorrow,
where there is humility,
for eternity.


God of Grace
forgive our ingratitude
for the blessings we have received.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of Peace
forgive our impatience
with the actions of our neighbour.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of love
forgive our intolerance
toward  those of other faiths or none.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of mercy
forgive our reluctance
to offer a word of forgiveness.
Help us live the lives we proclaim.
God of hope
accept our repentance
as a sweet-smelling offering
along with the service of our lives. Amen


Almighty Father, beginning and end of all we are
and the hope to which we cling,
it is to you alone we bring our sacrifice of praise.
Jesus Christ, Word of God becoming flesh,
in whose footsteps we now tread,
it is to your feet that we humbly bow in service.
Holy Spirit, creating breath and life to all,
a living presence within our hearts,
it is in your power that we can do all things.
Father, Son and Spirit
Three in One
Be the unity between our lives,
the light by which we see
and the rock upon which we walk
today and all days. Amen

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