A prayer for Barcelona
By Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
Today the world has witnessed yet another terrorist attack on innocent people. This time it was a van crashing through hundreds of people along the beautiful Las Ramblas Boulevard in Barcelona, Spain. Breaking news reported at least thirteen fatalities and more than eighty injured.
As we remember the dead, we pray for those who grieve their tragic deaths. As we remember the injured, we pray for those who will sit at their bedsides and the medical teams who will tend them. As we remember all those traumatized by this atrocity, we pray for all who minister to them.
So long as we pray for them, let us be bold in praying for those who with such malicious intent inflict such horrific suffering on others. Let us pray that they be turned from their malice, their hearts be moved and their plans thwarted.
With people of all faith traditions who condemn the terrorism that stalks our world, we gather in our churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, in our homes and in our public squares, turning with one voice and one heart to God.
May our world be turned from violence to compassion, from malice to mercy, from fear to freedom.
A Prayer for those suffering from famine in Burundi
(from Anglican Diocese of Edmonton):
For those who will have nothing to eat today, tomorrow, or the day after, who are suffering from the effects of severe malnutrition,
Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For those who have left their homes in search of better conditions, who are walking for days in the hope of finding food; for those who arrive at refugee camps only to find them full,
Lord, in Your mercy hear our prayer.
For the sick and malnourished who desperately need medical attention; for those who will not live past today; those who can only stand and watch as loved ones die,
Lord, in Your mercy hear our prayer.
God, surround our suffering brothers and sisters with Your presence.
Strengthen and encourage them, and all those who are working to help them.
And give us, who have enough to eat, a profound hunger for justice that motivates us to deep generosity so that the suffering might end.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who came to bring abundant life to all.
Prayers for SYNOD
Please use these prayers over the coming weeks as we prepare for the 65th Synod. From Bishop Jane of Anglican Diocese of Edmonton.
From the Book of Common Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world: We beseech thee to be present with the Synod of the Diocese of Edmonton, soon to be assembled in thy Name. Save its members from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe so to direct, govern, and sanctify them in their deliberations by thy Holy Spirit, that through thy blessing the Gospel of Christ may be faithfully preached and obeyed, the order and discipline of thy Church maintained, and the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour enlarged and extended. Grant this, we beseech thee, through the merits and mediation of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From the Book of Alternative Services
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the upcoming Synod of the Diocese of Edmonton for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honour and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The prayer that Jesus taught us,
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever.