St. Alban the Martyr

(Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany; Septuagesima)

Let us pray ...

For the needs of the Church, and for clergy and religious everywhere; may they continue to be shining examples of God’s love throughout the world.

For Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Pope Francis; Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch; and the leaders of all Christian churches.

With the Diocese of Birmingham for Restore, a project of Birmingham Churches Together, as they assist the integration of refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution.

For refugees as they face the difficulties and loneliness of being in an unfamiliar place with few friends and limited resources.

For all the churches of the Handsworth and Central Birmingham Deanery.

For Fr. Gerry and his family, our parish and congregation.

For the staff, students and governors at St Alban’s Academy and for Stanhope Wellbeing Hub.

For Highgate Baptist Church, St Anne's Roman Catholic Church, the Shia Mosque in Clifton Road, Birmingham Central Mosque, the Bahu Trust and Birmingham Central Synagogue.

For the wealthy, the free, and the healthy, that they may use their possessions to aid those in need.

That no opportunity may be lost to share in the peace of Christ with those we meet in our daily lives.

For the sick, the sorrowing, those who are alone and for all in any need or trouble, that they may be comforted and strengthened by the knowledge of God's boundless love.

For those for whom our prayers have been asked.

For the faithful departed that God will give them eternal rest.

For all who have died recently, especially Betty Vickery and Celia Joice, for all who have died suddenly, alone or unprepared; and by name amongst those whose anniversaries occur at this time for: Mary Aspinall, Jean Gardner, William Shirwill, Charlotte Rogers, Ralph Foulger, James Barwell, and Winifred Brooks. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Let us join our prayers with those of all the saints and especially with Mary, mother of Our Risen Lord and Queen of Peace.