Friday, 9 May 2014

Prayer for Europe

In light of the forthcoming European Elections, Bishop William Kenney from the International Department of the Bishop's Conference in England and Wales says: 

" We need to pray for peace, for the poor, for the immigrant. We need to offer what we can in order to achieve social justice for all. That is not enough; we need to use our vote at the European elections on the 22nd May to influence those who will create justice for all and give greater witness to the Kingdom of God."


Prayer for Europe

Father of mankind, 
Lord of History.
Look upon this continent to which you sent
philosophers, lawgivers and people endowed with wisdom,
precursors of that faith in your Son, fallen and risen.

Look at these people evangelised by Peter and Paul,
by prophets, monks and saints.
Look at these regions drenched in the blood of martyrs,
moved by the voice of reformers.
Look at these people linked by so many bonds and ties,
yet divided by hatred and war.

Assist us in committing ourselves to a Europe of the Spirit,
founded not just on economic treaties,
but also on values which are human and eternal;
a Europe capable of ethnic and ecumenical reconciliation,
quick to welcome the stranger,
respectful of human dignity.

Give us confidence to see it as our duty
to encourage and promote understanding between peoples,
which provides for all continents justice and bread,
liberty and peace.
Amen

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