Archbishop Eamon Martin and the other Church leaders in Ireland invite all people of goodwill to join them in prayer during the Service of Reflection and Hope which will be broadcast live from St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, on RTE and BBC television networks on Thursday, 21 October 2021 at 11 a.m.
The Church leaders see this service as a moment in a much longer journey towards reconciliation which will require the prayerful support and engagement of Christians across these islands.
Please pray with us this prayer for peace in the coming days:
‘So then let us pursue the things that make for peace and the building up of one another’ Romans 14:19.
Sovereign, wise and gracious God, in whose hands lie the past, present and future, we acknowledge before you our failures, our divisions, and the hurt we have caused you and one another. Forgive, restore and heal us. The events of partition and formation, which took place one hundred years ago on this island, changed, shaped and determined the outlook for this place which we all call home. As we reflect upon those times and bring to mind what happened then and in the years since, we acknowledge before you our different and often polarised interpretations of history. As we travel onwards in our journey, may we learn from the experiences of the past and from those who trod these roads before us, so that the inheritance we pass on to the next generation is the gift of understanding, peace and hope. In faith we pray, and humbly ask, in the name of him who is the light of the world and giver of all hope, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.