Pray for peace in the Middle East
Bishop Robert Innes shared: "We have all been shocked and dismayed by the eruption of violence in the Holy Land. The destruction of the Anglican Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza city has been particularly horrific. Each act of aggression makes building peace more difficult. So I call on people across our diocese to pray fervently with me for an end to the violence, for the safety and wellbeing of innocent civilians and for the restoration of peace. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy"
Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem has offered the following prayer:
O God of all justice and peace,
we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.
Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land.
While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children – for to all of us you are our Heavenly Father.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
There are many appeals which seek to raise money to support those affected by the violence. These include Christian Aid Middle East Crisis Appeal | Christian Aid and the friends of the Holy Land Our response to Gaza | Friends of the Holy Land (donation at the end of the article)
Visit the Archbishop of Canterbury's website for the most recent updates on his current pastoral visit to Jerusalem.