Prayer for Anzac Day
We honour the heroism and courage, the love and devotion of our fallen, and those at home who carried the loneliness of loss. They remain beacons of hope, and reminders of the horror, waste and futility of war.
In today’s uncertainty, hear our cries for peace and justice. Turn our thoughts away from bitterness and towards forgiveness.
Help us to enter the sufferings of others, to feel their pain, to taste their sorrow. Draw us close to the frightened and troubled, that we may be instruments of your peace and healing.
May our care for one another build a strong community, where the wounds of war truly heal, where those who come from other lands quickly feel at home, where respect and tolerance are the values we treasure.
God of tenderness and mercy, hear our prayers.
Fr. James Lyons