Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Prayers for England (London)

In the midst of riots in London and the unrest in England, some prayers for England:

God of compassion, look in mercy on all who suffer because of the riots —
the anguished, the frightened, and the pained,
all who are wounded,
all who mourn,
and all who have lost home or livelihood.
May they know respite, relief, and hope. Amen.

God of love, whose compassion never fails; we bring before you the griefs and perils of England; the necessities of the homeless; the helplessness of the aged and weak; the sighings of prisoners; the pains of the sick and injured; the sorrow of the bereaved. Comfort and relieve them, O merciful Father, according to their needs; for the sake of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

- after Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially on England; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

- The Book of Common Prayer

God our refuge and strength: may we be so assured of your near presence, so confident of your love for all your children, so committed to your promise of life eternal and fullness of joy, that we may stand fast through our distress and continue to serve you and minister to your world, though our foundations be shaken and we be brought to the time of testing; we pray through Christ our Savior. Amen.

- The Rev. Jennifer M. Phillips

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