We arise today with the power of God to guide us, the might of God to uphold us, the wisdom of God to teach us, the eye of God to watch over us, to offer our prayers and petitions for those who have perished as a result of conflict and the strife of war.
We pray for those who have given of themselves willingly,
those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We pray for those who have been victimized, innocent casualties of hatred and terror.
We pray for those who continue to place themselves in harm’s way in order that peace and harmony might be achieved.
Hear us, O Lord, as we make our appeal in their memory;
Bless, O Lord our God, those who have fought and valiantly died that we might enjoy liberty and freedom. May their sacrifice not be in vain.
Bless, O Lord ourGod, those who have perished while engaged in the task of Peacekeeping. May their sacrifice not be in vain.
Bless, O Lord our God, the innocent victims of war, those who have suffered as a result of conflict and strife.
Bless, O Lord our God, those who continue to train and prepare themselves for active duty and missions. May the sacrifices they make not be in vain.
May your blessing, O Lord, be upon them. All this we pray, and all this week in your Holy Name, O Lord, Amen.
Act of Remembrance:
As we remember in silence before God those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, let us commend their souls anew to God’s eternal mercy and compassion, and let us pray that God would grant us grace to serve faithfully until our life’s end, to the honour and glory of God’s Holy Name.
Loving and compassionate God,
we pray for all who have laboured for liberty, freedom and justice; for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice;
for those who in life and death have preserved our living.
Grant that they may rest in your peace, and that we,
through our actions, may be found worthy to inherit
the eternal treasures of your kingdom. Amen.