On Friday 9 May 2014, our presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts-Schori, has called for prayer for South Sudan.  On February 16, the Companion Diocese Committee held a service of prayer for peace in South Sudan.  We used a Litany for Peace in South Sudan, developed in this Diocese.  This Litany is available for any who would like to use it in Church as we pray for stability in South Sudan.  The Litany is included below:

Litany for South Sudan

All stand.

Holy God, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy on us.

Holy and Mighty, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Immortal One, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy on us.

Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, One God,

Have mercy on us.

Hear us when we cry to you for the people of South Sudan,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for those killed in the recent violence,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for the wounded,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for those who have lost their homes,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for those who mourn,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for those who have been raped,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for the internally displaced, the refugees, and the orphans,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

Hear us when we cry to you for those who have committed violence and murder,

How long, O God? Will you forget us forever?

 

For aid workers who risk their lives to provide sanctuary,

Hear our cry, O God, and listen to our prayer.

 

For those who have taken in refugees from violence,

Hear our cry, O God, and listen to our prayer.

 

For those who work for peace,

Hear our cry, O God, and listen to our prayer.

 

For the diplomats of the United Nations, the African Union and all involved in the peace process,

Hear our cry, O God, and listen to our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the nations, that they may have the wisdom and courage seek peace and justice,

Hear our cry, O God, and listen to our prayer.

 

We pray, O God, for the safety of our friends in Lui Diocese.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for your holy Church in South Sudan that it may stand firm as a witness to your peace and reconciliation in a war-torn land.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for Archbishop Daniel and the work of the Reconciliation Commssion.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for the bishops, priests and deacons of the Church in Sudan as they minister to their people in the face of great adversity.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for the people of your Church, that they may choose the path of forgiveness over vengeance and be a powerful witness to your reconciling love.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for Bishop Stephen and Lillian, for the clergy and people of the Diocese of Lui, for the Mothers’ Union, the teachers, catechists and all who long for your day of peace.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

We pray for an end to tribal conflict and a new sense of national unity.

Show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

Let your people in South Sudan again know peace.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let the displaced return to their homes.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let the leaders of the nation work for the common good.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let the men and women of the cities and towns and villages resume their livelihoods.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let the children return to their schooling and play.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let the gardeners grow food and the herdsmen tend their cattle.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Increase the prosperity of the nation, provide water and all things needful, and gather the people under their mango trees.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Let your people again sing with joy.

Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.

 

Hear us as we pray for South Sudan,

And let our cry come to you.

 

Holy God,

Holy and Mighty,

Holy Immortal One,

Have mercy on us.

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