Reading and Prayer – November 11

Remembrance Day

Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

    righteous and victorious,

lowly and riding on a donkey,

    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will take away the chariots from Ephraim

    and the warhorses from Jerusalem,

    and the battle bow will be broken.

He will proclaim peace to the nations.

    His rule will extend from sea to sea

    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Prayer

Liturgy of Remembrance for Remembrance Day

Our Lord, we thank you for our land of peace,

and for the sacrifices so many have made to ensure that peace.

We thank for those who, in the past, have heeded the call 

to defend that which was best in our world.

We thank you for those who in the present, 

have heeded the call to promote peace in far-off lands

We pray for those who were lost, for those who were scarred, 

for those who still feel the sharp edge of grief.

Our Lord, you are the Prince of Peace, 

and you have called us to seek peace in the world.

We know that nations have fought in self-defense 

and that war, at times, may be unavoidable.

But the tragic evil that comes with war, 

the slaughter of men, women and children

must rouse us to work for peace.

Our Lord, as we contemplate the horrors of war, 

as we recognize the sacrifices of so many, 

as we feel the inestimable loss felt by countless millions, 

as we look upon the endless wars that continue in our time:

We remember.  We remember in the silent prayers of our hearts. Amen.