World Day of Prayer


I beg you, bear with one another in love

Palestine
Holy Week

Holy Week

The Women of Jerusalem mourn for Jesus

At the 8th Station of the Cross the women of Jerusalem mourn for Jesus.
Jesus turned to them and said,” Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children.”
Lord teach us to turn our tears of self-pity into tears of shame for the agony we have caused you; lead us to make positive changes in ourselves to remove those things which hurt you so that our tears may be turned to joy as we feel your presence in our souls and in our lives.
Let us remember the women of Palestine who are in the midst of ongoing conflict, war and devastation; suffering pain, hunger and heartache; we pray with them to end violence and the forces of evil that cause loss of life in the great divide. The cry of the Palestinian women is sending a message to the world,
I beg you, bear with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
May justice prevail and their pain be eased.
God of Peace, we pray for a peaceful end to the ongoing situation in Palestine. We also pray for the city of Jerusalem, sacred to the three religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Let there be equality, freedom of religion, freedom of movement and freedom of expression. Teach us as Christians to follow the way of Jesus, sharing love with those we meet.
Lead us into a life worthy of our calling.
 
Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land – Pope Francis

Let us pray with one heart and one soul – Lord come to our aid, grant us peace, teach us peace, guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: “Never again war”. Lord Hear Us. “May the weapons be stopped: they will never lead to peace”, and may the conflict not widen! Enough! Enough, brothers! In Gaza, let the wounded be rescued immediately, let civilians be protected, let far more humanitarian aid be allowed to reach that stricken population. May the hostages be freed, including the elderly and children. Every human being, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, of any people or religion, every human being is sacred, is precious in the eyes of God and has the right to live in peace. Let us not lose hope: let us pray and work tirelessly so that the sense of humanity may prevail over hardness of heart.

 
The Poet Thinks about the Donkey – by Mary Oliver

On the outskirts of Jerusalem
the donkey waited.
Not especially brave, or filled with understanding
he stood and waited.

How horses, turned out into the meadow, leap with delight!
How doves, released from their cages,
clatter away, splashed with sunlight.

But the donkey, tied to a tree as usual, waited.
The he let himself be led away.
Then he let the stranger mount.

Never had he seen such crowds!
And I wonder if he at all imagined what was to happen.
Still, he was what he had always been: small, dark, obedient.

I hope finally he felt brave.
I hope finally, he loved the man who rode so lightly upon him,
As he lifted one dusty hoof and stepped, as he had to forward.
 
As we enter Holy Week, some of us know the feeling. Just waiting.