Friday, November 11, 2005

Friday Prayer Blogging - Remembrance Day Edition

Today's prayers come courtesy of my church. To celebrate Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day), Page 132 is honoring our veterans and fallen heroes with prayer. The first two are quick prayers, but the final one is a litany. It really should have a reader and a responder to say the line in bold, but you'll have to make due. Let us pray

A Prayer of Remembrance

Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for Peace

Most gracious God and Father,
in whose will is our peace:
turn our hearts and the hearts of all to yourself,
that by the power of your Spirit
the peace which is founded on righteousness
may be established throughout the whole world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Litany of Peace

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,
and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;
May God give peace
God give peace

for those who love them in death as in life,
offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;
May God give peace
God give peace

for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day,
remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;
May God give peace
God give peace

for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,
calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;
May God give peace
God give peace

for peace-makers and peace-keepers,
who seek to keep this world secure and free;
May God give peace
God give peace

for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership,
political, military and religious;
asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for
reconciliation and peace.
May God give peace
God give peace

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
and those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,
and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.
As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life and hope,
now and for ever. Amen.