Prayer for ANZAC Day

 

Almighty God,

Creator of all people,

Sovereign Lord and King;

 

Today we remember those who have fallen in wars waged by our nation.

We too, though weary with age, will join them in the dust.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

You remember them.

 

Merciful Father, our maker and our judge,

We acknowledge it was we who believed our lives to be worthy of their sacrifice.

Father, forgive us.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, our sacrifice and our peace,

Help us to crucify our own desires before we sacrifice the lives of others.

May we no longer send those you have made into battle with one another.

 

Lord Holy Spirit, our life and our truth,

Work forgiveness in our hearts and in the hearts of our leaders.

May we beat our swords into ploughshares and seek the wellbeing of others.

 

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall; yet you remain.

May nation no more take up arms against nation.

Come, Lord Jesus, in the peace of your eternal kingdom.

 

Heavenly Father, forgive us our violence.

Lord Jesus, save us from ourselves.

Holy Spirit, renew us in love.

 

Lord, hear our prayer

In the name of Christ,

 

Amen.

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