Prayer for victims of atrocities — Armenian Genocide Recognition Committee, Ireland

We shall remember them. We shall not lose heart.

Minute of Silence… for the victims of all the recent atrocities in _______

We pray for our suffering world,
for the end of enmity and strife between nations,
for the end of inequality and poverty affecting people of various backgrounds.
We remember the victims of violence, discrimination and persecution
in all forms in our world today.
We pray for nations and peoples contending with the horror of war,
for men, women, and children whose lives are blighted
by the violence, cruelty and abuse of others.
May the nations embrace that which we all aspire to:
‘Nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruninghooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war
or the strong dominate the weak any more’
but rather be compassionate and supportive to one another
making peace as their ultimate goal.

Prayer from the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Service, April 24, 2019, at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, prepared by the Armenian Genocide Recognition Committee.  This annual service pays tribute to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, commemorating the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in only a couple months.

The Khachkar Memorial (Stone-cross) for Ireland, designed by Aram Hakhumyan, carved by Artak Hambard Zumyan, erected by the Armenian Church and community in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral Garden, in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide ‘Mez Yeghern’.  Photo taken by Ana Gobledale.

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