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Unfortunately the time in which we live is plagued by fear and war. This is nothing new to the human race, and as Ecclesiastes states, there is nothing new under the sun. Every age of man is full of war, plague, and strife. How can it not be? Man has sunken to the depths of its own animus, barely reminding itself that it is greater than beast. For man looks at those who are made in his own likeness and greets them as brothers, yet he despises those who bear even the slightest of differences from his own appearance or behavior. This too, is nothing new. Our ancestors enslaved others who were not their own. Perhaps for speaking a different tongue, or having a different colored skin, or even perhaps a different religion. Man will find any excuse necessary to cause pain, war, and death. It is the way of the world.
But need it be this way? By all accounts the way of the world is full of strife and is generally unpleasant. When evil is done, it requires not only equal payback, but great wrath upon all who stand opposed. It is for this that the law was written, “an eye for an eye”. Not that justice would be certain to be meted out, but to ensure no greater than equal justice was served. For the wrath of mankind is prone to vengeance above and beyond fair and equal measure.
The Christian voice goes above and beyond this fair and equal measure of violence, and dispenses with it altogether. As the apostle Paul says, we battle not against flesh and blood, but against dark forces. Our battle is against the forces of darkness which control the nations of the world, and which daily battle in the heavenly places. For the message of Christ is that we do not retaliate against those who do us harm, but that we conquer evil with love and forgiveness. As our Lord has commanded us to turn the other cheek, we must obey. For he disarmed Peter in the garden, so has he disarmed us.
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Litany of the Broken
Officiant: Let us approach the throne of God with humility and solemnity, asking Him to grant us our petitions by His grace and love.
O Great God of Heaven, have mercy upon us;
And hear our pleas.
We are but sinners approaching a Holy God;
Have mercy upon us.
Yet here we intercede for the broken among us;
For those who are in distress.
We ask that your Holy Spirit give comfort to those who are grieving;
For blessed are those who mourn.
We pray for those who suffer from loneliness;
For you are with us always.
We pray for those who have been alienated from your Church;
For you would leave the ninety-nine for the one.
We pray for those whose marriages have ended with divorce or annulment;
For your love knows no bounds.
We pray for those who have been victims of abuse and persecution;
For justice flows from your throne like streams of living water.
We pray for those who have been afflicted with illnesses of the body;
For you are the Great Physician.
We pray for those who suffer from addiction;
For you are the God who has delivered us out of Egypt.
We pray for those who suffer from mental diseases;
For you O Lord, are our peace.
We pray for the poor and the oppressed;
For the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.
We pray for those who struggle with belief;
For blessed are the poor in spirit.
We pray for ourselves, and all others;
For we have strayed away from You, and the road is dark.
Allow that we may partake in your Divine Nature;
For you have granted us fruit from the Tree of Life.
Grant these petitions O Lord as you see fit, in accordance with your Holy Word. We ask these things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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