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Remembrance Sunday Prayer (CTBI)

There are resources available on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland web site for Remembrance Sunday – found this prayer helpful – find it on the downloadable service order on their web site:

Remembrance Sunday Prayer

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,
and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;

May God give peace
God give peace

for those who love them in death as in life,
offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss;

May God give peace
God give peace

for all members of the armed forces who
are in danger this day, remembering
family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;

May God give peace
God give peace

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;

May God give peace
God give peace


for peace-makers and peace-keepers,
who seek to keep this world secure and free;

May God give peace
God give peace


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

May God give peace
God give peace

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. Amen.

The Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday is published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and prepared with The Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain and The Royal British Legion. A new version was produced in 2005.

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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