July 01, 2013
Worshipers may notice some new names in our prayer list during the Prayers for the People. Our intercessory prayers are for the church and the world, and as such I have added the names of the saints who have gone before us and who are commemorated in our liturgical resource book Holy Men, Holy Women.
Over the course of a year, our list of names and includes men and women from every century and every continent (excluding all Antarctica). In this time of congregational discernment it can be helpful to recall others who have also struggled with the nature of God’s call and Jesus’ direction to be bearers of the Good News.
From Intercessions on June 30, 2013:
Praising you for all theologians and teachers; especially Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria; Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons; and Apostles Peter, Paul, and Thomas — we ask you to impart the wisdom given the saints to all your people as we carry forth your mission in this world.