A Litany for Peace

This came in my email and it seemed appropriate that we seek Divine intercession for those seeking peace in the Middle East.It is a good meditation and guide for our personal intercessions for peace. Yes, this has been going on as long as anybody can remember, but it is still our obligation to pray. I have added two collects from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

The Rt Revd Suheil S. Dawani

The Fourteenth Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem

The Cathedral of St. George the Martyr

Jerusalem

A Litany for Peace

To Support those Engaged in the Peace Talks

September, 2010

The Cathedral of St. George the Martyr, Jerusalem

O Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

Grant us your peace.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the birth in Bethlehem of the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son; who dwelt among us full of grace and truth.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for his life; his death here in Jerusalem as he carried our sins and suffering, and for his glorious Resurrection in which he gave us new life with him.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for entrusting to us the ministry of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace-making for the healing of your creation.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all victims of bloodshed, violence and persecution and those who are in danger here in this Land — in Gaza, Israel, Palestine and throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who grieve for loved ones who have died in the desperation of violent actions this past week. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who promote violence, that their hearts may be turned to the way of peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for children and young people that you may fill them with hope for the future.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the guidance of your Holy Spirit upon us; upon all the leaders of the Land of the Holy One; upon President Obama and President Abbas, Prime Minister Netanyahu; upon all those in leadership positions among those who bear arms; upon all the leaders of the United Nations and upon all those in authority in the nations of the world to seek peace and pursue it.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, we praise and glorify you. You are our only refuge in a troubled world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.  (in unison)

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace:  Give to us and the people of all the nations a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that all of your people may use their liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

For Missions.

O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee. Bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (American Book of Common Prayer 1928)

For Social Justice.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast created man in thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (American Book of Common Prayer 1928)

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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