The following prayers come from the Online Aurora, which is our bishop’s newsletter to diocesan clergy.  It was put together by The Rev’d Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and Canon Pastor for the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem.  By the way, if you want to help relief efforts in Gaza, you can go to the website for Episcopal Relief and Development at  www.er-d.org .  The prayer follows: 

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Grant us your peace.

 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Heavenly Father, we thank you during this holy season for the birth in Bethlehem of the Word made flesh, your Son, Jesus Christ; 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, the West Bank 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 this Land, upon President Abbas, Prime Minister Olmert, upon all those in leadership positions in the military and defense establishments, 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.

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