Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Praying for Egypt

As we watch the protests, the call for change, and the upheaval in Egypt, let us keep them in our prayers:

O Holy God, you love righteousness and hate iniquity: Strengthen, we pray, the hands of all who are striving for justice in Egypt, and, seeing that all human beings are your offspring, move us to share the pain of those who are oppressed, give aid to those who promote the dignity and freedom of every person in Egypt; through Jesus Christ the Liberator, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Righteous God, you sent your Christ to establish the reign of justice, on earth as in heaven: Prosper every effort to root out arrogance, intolerance, and prejudice, and to eliminate all forms of discrimination, degradation, and oppression in Egypt; through him who died at the oppressors' hands, Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Nurture us, O Loving God, in the dignity and worth you give to all your creatures. Keep us in the discipline you command, that we may respect the diversity and richness of your creation; and that we may work for equity and justice for all people, and especially for those crying out for freedom and change (in Egypt, Tunisia...); through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

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