PRIEST:    We gather on this day of Remembrance, while there continues to be fear of terror attacks and war rages in so many nations. We bring to mind those too many who have died in the innumerable and tragic wars and conflicts of the past more than one hundred years.  We gather too that we might pray for peace.  Jesus tells us today to wake up to the call to build peace, to find a new wisdom – the wisdom of peace rather than the foolishness of war! With sorrow we recognise that we have still to learn how to solve conflict without violence, settle disputes without recourse to war.  Let our remembering be not a glorification of war, but a profound cry from the heart for Peace.

READER:     Lord,  have mercy on our world for the darkness of war,
                          for the inhumanity of destruction,
                          for the pollution of our minds and our earth,

                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY …

Jesus,  forgive us for striking our brother and sister
                           with bullet, missile and bomb,
                           for being blind to the human devastation of modern warfare,
and the immorality of Nuclear weapons and the Arms Trade

                                                      CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

Spirit,  heal the wounded hearts and minds
                           that seek power more than humanity,  war more than peace,
destruction more than listening to the cries of the poor and of the earth

                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:     May the God of perfect peace touch every heart with mercy,
                       every mind with healing and every conflict with reconciliation,
                       that we may transform darkness to light and war to peace,
                       offering our world the hope of everlasting life…


Instead of a Gloria today,  let us sing sing a chant as a prayer for all who have been killed in warfare,  and that all the world might be rescued from the death that is war:

                                                         No 813 [x3]

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