Prayers of intercession for COP26

During the UN climate conference (COP26), this year hosted in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, we invite you to include some of the following prayers within your own intercessions.

30 October - Intercessions for the climate and our common home

Priest: As the United Nations climate conference, COP26, begins in Glasgow, let us bring our prayers to God, who created the earth and all within it.

We pray for Pope Francis as he visits COP26 that his call for the care for our common home may illuminate the hearts and minds of all his fellow participants, and that God may grant them wisdom to make decisions which respect the earth and all that live in it. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for the Church: may we speak and act together as we urgently work towards good stewardship of your creation and your presence in all living things. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for the world; the interdependence of all living things; the beauty and flourishing of the planet plundered and misused for generations by human activity; may we all, through our actions, help repair the harm we have caused. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for the peoples already facing droughts, floods and storms: that God may grant them strength and hope for the future as they work to adapt to the changing climate. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish and our local community: that through the grace of God we may examine our environmental impact and make choices for the common good. Lord, in your mercy…

Priest: O God, who calls all people to justice and care for the earth, hear and grant these prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

6 November - Intercessions for the climate and common home

Priest: As the United Nations climate conference, COP26, continues in Glasgow, let us bring our prayers to God, who created the earth and all within it.

We pray for world leaders: that they may all work together, through the decisions taken, to protect the planet and all live within it. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for the Church: may we discern our roles and tasks arising from the decisions taken at COP26 and take action to achieve them. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for the world; that our collective actions will begin the long process of repair to the damage we have caused and that God will help us become better stewards. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish and local community: that decisions taken in our parish life will help us live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the earth and all life within it. Lord, in your mercy…

Priest: O God, who calls all people to justice and care for the earth, hear and grant these prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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