Prayers for peace and tolerance

After a week of trauma in Australia and abroad, I thought these two prayers were worth sharing. The first I found in my reading this morning, the second, appropriately, I have said each day this week as part of the Daily Office.

O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those

of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us;

remember the fruits we bought, thanks to this suffering – comradeship, our

loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart

which has grown out of this; and when they come to judgement,

let all the fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.

 

(Found on a piece of wrapping paper in Ravensbrooke, the largest of the

German concentration camps for women.

Quoted by Stephen Platten in “Thanksgiving.” in Liturgical Spirituality:

Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer. Stephen Burns (Ed), New York:

Seabury Press, 2013, p23.

Collect for the Third Week in Advent

Almighty God, you have made us and all things to serve you:
come quickly to save us, so that wars and violence shall end,
and your children may live in peace,
honouring one another with justice and love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

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