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6 Nov 2021

Prayers for the COP26 March

The Assumption Sisters led the a Prayer for a Peaceful and Successful March - COP26, in the Church of St Mary Moorfields in London, on Saturday 6th November 2021.

The following prayers were shared before the march by Sr Carolyn and Sr Jess. (Download the full text here.)

Firstly, I would like to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of Cafod and the Sisters of the Assumption! Thank you for taking the time to put your faith into action.

In preparation for the march taking place today we will start with a time of prayer.

Let us think of our Mother, the Earth, upon whom we walk and who supports us and nurtures life in all its forms. We think of the minerals, the fungi, and bacteria that give life to soil, bodies and systems. We pray we can learn to walk on Earth with more respect.

The Response is -  Loving God, we give our thanks.

Let us think of the reasons why we are gathered. For this place in which we gather, and for all of the animals and plants that call this place home.

Loving God we give our thanks.

Let us think of the whole human family whose livelihood and well-being depends on the well-being of the Earth. We lift up the men, women and children who are displaced from their homes.

Loving God, we give our thanks.

Let us turn our minds to the sacred waters of the world, the great oceans, aquifers, lakes, rivers and streams, the life that lives in the waters and those that give itself to be our food.

Loving God, we give our thanks.

Let us now turn our thoughts to the plant life of the Creator’s world. That which is below ground; the roots and vegetables. That which puts just its head above the ground: the grasses, medicines, plants and bushes. All of the many kinds of good fruit the Creator has given us. And finally, the great trees of the forest that we know of as the “Standing Ones.”

Loving God, we give our thanks.

 

Let us pray:
For the beauty of the Earth
Desecrated by pollution
Extinguished by forest fires
Choked by plastic waste
Christ, our God, to you we plead
Forgive us for systemic greed.   Lord have mercy

 

Let us pray:
For the urgency of this hour
Ignored by apathy or
Procrastination
Wasted by ineffective decisions
Denied by economic interests
Christ our God and Saviour,
Forgive us for selfish
Short-term behaviour.    Lord have mercy

 

Let us pray:
For the joy of human love
Fractured by forced migration
Crushed by bereavement
Lost to typhoons, floods, starvation
Christ our God, bringer of justice
Forgive us for this climate crisis.    Lord have mercy

 

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A reading from the Letter of St James: 12: 14-18

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

The Word of The Lord

A few moments of silence. 

 

Let us pray:
Lord I come to do your will

Lord, allow my ears to listen to the cry of the earth,
The voices of my sisters and brothers,
Those who face the harsh reality of climate change. - Lord I come to do your will

Lord allow my eyes to see the beauty of creation
In flowers, creatures, forests and cities alike. - Lord I come to do your will

Lord, allow my voice to speak out for justice
And ensure people living in poverty are heard. - Lord I come to do your will 

Lord allow my hands to care for the earth,
To toil, to reap, to celebrate. - Lord I come to do your will

Lord, allow my feet to take the path less trod,
To walk the extra mile,
To take your message out to the world. - Lord I come to do your will

 

And in solidarity with our sisters and brother marching today in Glasgow, and around  the world we pray a Celtic blessing for a peaceful and successful march to bring an end to Climate Change. 

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.

And finally we pray together a prayer for the Cop 26 Climate Talks issued from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales:

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