Remembrance Day Prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Remembrance Day    11 November

God, we lift our prayer for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and asking that they may know peace: for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to you; God grant them peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For those who love them in death as in life, meet them in their grief and the sadness, and grant them peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return. God grant them peace, and safe returns.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity, God comfort them and give them hope.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; God, grant them courage and wisdom and perseverance.  Raise them up that they may turn the course of history.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; bless them with gifts wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace.

This morning, we especially lift up leaders in Syria, in America, in ….

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.  Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.  As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers for those who are not healthy, who have known serious illness, persistent ailments, and limited mobility.  We pray for an over-shadowing of your mercy upon them.  For….  Encircle them with your healing touch.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have been visited by loss and grief, especially for the family of  ….  Comfort and strengthen them.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.

In this moment of silence, hear the concerns we bring, heavy on our hearts, and the joys we celebrate in our lives and in the lives of those we love and for which we give thanks. [silence]

Encircle those we have named, and those left un-named, with your healing love and peace.

Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer.