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A Prayer for Good Friday

Lord Christ, have mercy upon us your servants. Give us grace this day to walk in love and peace to the glory of your Name. Keep us ever mindful of your most holy Passion, that we too may be faithful witnesses, and die to self this day.

Holy Mary, God-bearer, mother of our Lord: as we remember the passion of your most blessed Son, keep us ever mindful in your prayers this day. Intercede for us to your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ; that we may have the strength and fortitude to resist temptation and live this day without sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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A Collect for Memorial Day

O God of Heaven, hear our prayers and our lament.
Hear us O Lord.

For those who have fallen in uniform;
Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have lost their life in service to their cause;
Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have come home, crippled and maimed;
Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have suffered psychological trauma due to violence;
Lord hear our prayer.

When shall morning come?
We wait for the Lord.

Lord hear our prayers;
Hear our lament.

For the casualties of war, both sinner and sinless;
Christ have mercy.

For the widows and orphans;
Christ have mercy.

For the destruction of communities;
Christ have mercy.

You Lord, are our refuge.
We cry out to you, O Lord.

Lord hear our prayers;
Hear our lament.

Almighty God, we are guilty of heinous sins against your Holy Name. We have murdered our brethren, sought retribution, and more.
Have mercy, O Lord.

We have defiled your Sacraments, and have forgotten all love for our enemies. In our grief we have forsaken the way of the Cross.
Have mercy, O Lord.

Lord do not be angry with us, for we are heartily sorry for our actions against You.
Have mercy, O Lord.

+Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Amen.

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O great God of Heaven!

How far we have strayed from your Holy commands.

In your most august Name,
we have murdered our brethren,
plundered the poor,
and spit upon the forsaken.

Even now we have cast an idol
of steel
and iron
and we have worshiped it-
crying,
“Lord! Lord! Truly only thou art god!”

No longer is our trust placed in You,
O Lord.

Our trust is in missiles
and machinations of war.

With a single button,
we can annihilate the entirety of our enemies.
We can send millions of your children to their deaths.

Without regard for our own children,
we have raped the earth of its natural resources
in futile attempts to gain temporal riches.

This we have done in spite of knowing
that true richness is found only in You,
O God.

Forgive us Father of our sinful ways,
and guide us back into Your merciful arms.

Let us be blessed enough to somehow accomplish
even a minuscule portion of Your work
before we enter eternity.

Thy will be done, O Lord.

Amen.

28 April 2011 (revised 29 May 2014)

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