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ANZAC Day Prayer

Lord, today we come as a grateful nation to remember those who have fallen on the fields of battle. We thank you for the peace and freedom our nation enjoys as a result of their sacrifice. Help all of us to honour those who have made so great a sacrifice, yet save us from ever glorifying the evil of war. Enable us to be peacemakers.

Also today, Lord, we take time to think of those men and women currently serving our nation on the field of battle. We pray for protection for their lives. May your peace come quickly to the lands where they serve.

Our concerns also extend to the families who wait at home for the day when their loved ones will return. For the wives, husbands, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who wait patiently for their homecoming we ask that you provide them with comfort and peace today. May your peace come quickly to their hearts and minds.

Finally, Lord, may this city of                                     , its surrounding districts and the people who live within its borders always live in a manner which reflects the highest ideal that was won on the fields of battle so many years ago. May we never take for granted the freedom that we enjoy; rather may we strive to ensure that all people enjoy its privilege. May your peace reside eternally in our nation.

We pray this through the name of the Jesus Christ who provides all of humanity the opportunity to live in your peace and freedom. Amen

 


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ANZAC Day Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God of the living and the dead,
console and encourage
those for whom this day
is one of profound significance.

Be with the widows,
the unmarried, the orphans and the totally disabled,
who together with the dear and honoured dead
have sacrificed so much.
By your grace,
work in the hearts and minds of men and women
who today are reliving
the agony, courage and compassion
of war service.

Help all of us to honour
those who have made so great a sacrifice,
yet save us
from ever glorifying the evil of war.
Enable us to be peacemakers.
Hasten the great day
when nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

This we pray
in the name of the one who sacrificed his all
for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer and Lord.

Prayer from Bruce D. Prewer, Australian Prayers (Adelaide: Openbook Publishers, 2001), 15.

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