Prayers For Social Justice
(Must be said on the 25th day of every month)
Ash Wednesday (1st March, 2017)
Holy Eucharist with distribution of Ashes:
Holy Saviour 6:00 am & 6:00 pm
Mt Hope Hospital Worship Hall 12noon
St. John & St. James 6:00 pm
Distribution of Ashes:
Curepe Junction: 8:00 am
Holy Saviour Anglican Primary School: 9:00 am
U.W.I. St. Augustine Campus: 9:00 am
Fridays in Lent
- Mid-day Services @ Holy Saviour, Curepe
March 3rd 2017
Speaker: Canon Steve West – “Revealing Christ through the Power of Reconciliation.”
March 10th 2017
Speaker: Canon Richard Jacob – “Revealing Christ through the Power of Worship.”
March 17th 2017
Speaker: Bishop Calvin Bess – “Revealing Christ through the Power of Service.”
March 24th 2017
Speaker: Archdeacon Kenley Baldeo – “Revealing Christ through the Power of Love.”
March 31st 2017
Speaker: Archdeacon Phillip Isaac – “Revealing Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit.”
April 7th 2017
Speaker: Right Reverend Claude Berkley – “Revealing Christ through the Power of Discipleship.”
- Stations of the Cross
Venue: St. John & St. James, Petit Bourg from 6pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, & April 7th)
Week Days in Lent
- Mondays and Tuesdays: Community Visitation & Prayer Walk, 5pm
March 6th & 7th – Maracas, St. Joseph
March 13th & 14th – Curepe
March 20th & 21st – Mt D’or & Champs Fleurs
March 27th & 28th – Petit Bourg
- Wednesdays: Crusades, 6pm
March 8th – St Martin Church Yard
March 15th – Christ The King Church Yard
March 29th – venue t.b.a.
April 5th – San Juan, Croisee
- Thursdays: Parish Prayer and Fast
Sunday April 9th – Palm Sunday procession of witness 8am St John & 3pm Holy Saviour
Monday April 10th – Holy Eucharist @ St John & St. James & Holy Saviour, 6:30am and 6pm
Tuesday April 11th – Holy Eucharist @ St. John & St. James & Holy Saviour, 6:30 am and 6pm
Wednesday April 12th – Day of Fast and Prayer @ Holy Saviour, 6am – 6pm
6pm Healing Service
Thursday April 13th – Holy Eucharist, 6:30am @ St. John & Holy Saviour
Maundy Thursday Liturgy @ St. John, Holy Saviour & CTK, 6pm
Vigil continues at Holy Saviour
Friday April 14th – Good Friday Liturgy @ St John & Holy Saviour 12noon, CTK 6pm
Saturday April 15th – No Morning Service
Easter Services: 6pm St Martin
11:30pm Vigil and 8:00 am @ Holy Saviour
7:30 @ St John
10:00 @ CTK
Prayers for Social Justice
God of all cultures, God of all people, help us not to label anyone inferior or second-class. Help us overcome our attitudes of superiority and oppression. May we broaden our vision and widen our tents so that plurality and diversity determine who we are: people called and committed to a world united in justice and peace, now and forever. Amen. (Adapted from M.T. Winter. Woman Wisdom Crossword Publications. 1991: p. 105.)
From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the cunning assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting condemnation, Good lord, deliver us
From all spiritual blindness; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, malice and all uncharitableness, Good Lord, deliver us
From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from violence, battle and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared, Good Lord, deliver us
Govern and direct your holy Church; fill it with love and truth; and grant it that unity which is your will, Hear us, Good Lord
Guide the leaders of the nations into the way of justice and peace, Hear us, good Lord
Enlighten and direct our rulers; grant that they may put their trust in you and seek only your honour and glory, Hear us. good lord
Grant wisdom and insight to all in authority, and to judges and magistrates the grace to administer justice with mercy, Hear us, good Lord
Give to all nations peace, unity, and concord; and grant to all people freedom and dignity, food and shelter, Hear us, good Lord
Teach us to use the resources of the earth to your glory, that all may share in your goodness and praise you for your loving kindness, Hear us, good Lord
Enlighten with your spirit all who teach and all who learn, Hear us, good Lord
Help and comfort the lonely and aged, the bereaved, the overworked, the exploited and the oppressed, Hear us, good Lord
Support and encourage all who are in poverty, unemployment or distress; protect those whose work is dangerous, and keep in safety all who travel, Hear us, good Lord
Keep fathers, mothers, and children united in their family life and give them wisdom and strength in times of stress, Hear us, good Lord
Heal the sick in mind and body; strengthen and preserve all women in childbirth and all young
children, Hear us, good Lord
Defend and provide for the widowed and the orphaned, all migrant workers and refugees, the homeless and victims of strife; have pity on prisoners and all who live in fear, Hear us, good Lord.
Forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and turn their hearts, Hear us good lord.
Pray for the peace of the world! May all nations prosper as one. May peace reign among all peoples, and integrity dwell within every heart. Then will friends and neighbours and former enemies as well, cry out “peace be within you.” For the good of the universe and in gratitude to the Beloved let us serve the Holy One of all nations with glad hearts.
(Reference: All Psalms in English from Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill. NY: The Continuum Publishing House, 2000.)
The Lord’s Prayer for Justice: Let us Pray
Our Father . . .who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the aged, the very young, the unborn, and those who, by victim of circumstance, bear the heat of the day.
Who art in heaven . . . where everything will be reversed, where the first will be last and the last will be first, but where all will be well and every manner of being will be well.
Hallowed be thy name . . . may we always acknowledge your holiness, respecting that your ways are not our ways, your standards are not our standards. May the reverence we give your name pull us out of the selfishness that prevents us from seeing the pain of our neighbor.
Your kingdom come . . . help us to create a world where, beyond our own needs and hurts, we will do justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly with you and each other.
Your will be done . . . open our freedom to let you in so that the complete mutuality that characterizes your life might flow through our veins and thus the life that we help generate may radiate your equal love for all and your special love for the poor.
On earth as in heaven . . . may the work of our hands, the temples and structures we build in this world, reflect the temple and the structure of your glory so that the joy, graciousness, tenderness, and justice of heaven will show forth within all of our structures on earth.
Give . . . life and love to us and help us to see always everything as gift. Help us to know that nothing comes to us by right and that we must give because we have been given to. Help us realize that we must give to the poor, not because they need it, but because our own health depends upon our giving to them.
Us . . . the truly plural us. Give not just to our own but to everyone, including those who are very different than the narrow us. Give your gifts to all of us equally.
This day . . . not tomorrow. Do not let us push things out into some indefinite future so that we can continue to live justified lives in the face of injustice because we can make good excuses for our inactivity.
Our daily bread … so that each person in the world may have enough food, enough clean water, enough clean air, adequate health care, and sufficient access to education so as to have the sustenance for a healthy life.
Teach us to give from our sustenance and not just from our surplus.
And forgive us our trespasses . . . forgive us our blindness toward our neighbor, our self-preoccupation, our racism, our sexism, and our incurable propensity to worry only about ourselves and our own. Forgive us our capacity to watch the evening news and do nothing about it.
As we forgive those who trespass against us . . . help us to forgive those who victimize us. Help us to mellow out in spirit, to not grow bitter with age, to forgive the imperfect parents and systems that wounded, cursed, and ignored us.
And do not put us to the test … do not judge us only by whether we have fed the hungry, given clothing to the naked, visited the sick, or tried to mend the systems that victimized the poor. Spare us this test for none of us can stand before your gospel scrutiny. Give us, instead, more days to mend our ways, our selfishness, and our systems.
But deliver us from evil . . . that is, from the blindness that lets us continue to participate in anonymous systems within which we need not see who gets less as we get more. Amen
The Holy Longing Ronald Rolheiser OMI