Week 38 - Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania

16 September - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • The long history of Christianity in these countries.
  • Those who give their lives to Christian prayer and service.
  • The care given to places of worship as, with icon and art, they proclaim the Gospel.
  • Those caring for orphans, the elderly, and others without resources or family to take care of themselves.
  • Those who make peace between ethnic groups.
  • Those who fight against the abuse of women.

Pray for:

  • An end to corruption and organized crime, high unemployment, and limited supplies of food and housing.
  • The environment, which continues to suffer severe degradation, and for all those who must deal with the pollution of the air they breathe and the water they drink.
  • A renewed ecumenical spirit among the churches.
  • Those who face discrimination, hatred and violence on the basis of their ethnicity and religion.
  • The creation of stable economic and political systems that allow for the participation of all the peoples in these countries.
  • Healing for those who suffered under Marxist regimes.

PRAYER

Come, true light.

Come, life eternal.

Come, hidden mystery.

Come, treasure without name.

Come, reality beyond all words.

Come, person beyond all understanding.

Come, rejoicing without end.

Come, light that knows no evening.

Come, unfailing expectation of the saved.

Come, raising of the fallen.

Come, resurrection of the dead.

Come, all-powerful, for unceasingly

you create, refashion and change all things by your will alone.

Come, for you are yourself the desire that is within me.

Come, my breath and my life.

Come, the consolation of my humble soul.

Come, my joy, my glory, my endless delight.

Prayer for unity:

O, Lord, who give unto each nation its place and time and mission: grant us the gift of unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, that the ancient church, and all Christians of this land, each loyal to their confession, culture and nationality, may discover new forms of common Christian witness, and stand before the divided world as a united and humble fellowship.

O Lord, who commanded your disciples to pray both for their neighbours and their enemies: give us such love for one another, that with one voice and one heart we may glorify your name, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.