ONE DAY PRAYER FOR CAMEROON

Date: Saturday October 20th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8PM
Venue: Presbyterian Church of Burlington, 335 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

 

We pray that the love of Christ will dwell in our hearts through the power of His Holy Spirit who purifies and forgives. Let him overcome the spirit of selfishness and discord and help us sacrifice for peace; to create peace with ourselves and with others, so that we become peacemakers, according to the will of God. Pause.

Let us pray: Lord God, may your Spirit of holiness and life animate the hearts of all men, and especially the hearts of those present here, so that the barriers that separate us may be broken down, suspicions may be dispelled and stop hatred; so that our divisions are overcome and that we can finally live in justice and peace; by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray that each church in particular and all the churches together will fully commit to peace in Cameroon, for the justice and integrity of creation, for the rights of the weakest and for the needs of the unemployed. May we stand firm against violence, torture, abuse of power and the arms race. Pause.

Let us pray: God of mercy, give us to look with your compassionate eyes at the long trial of humanity: wars, millions of hungry, countless refugees, the disasters of the cities, the cruel and useless deaths, our lack of humanity to each other, the failures and helplessness of so many lives. Look forward to the coming of this time when Cameroon will be at peace and where peoples will live free from fear and need, where there will be no more pains or tears, in the certainty of your will and the assurance of your love manifested to us in Jesus Christ, Savior of all men. Amen.

We pray that we, Cameroonians, will be more available to know, to appreciate the values of the other tribes, to collaborate with them and with all men and women of good will; so that all the tribes and all the ethnic groups in Cameroon understand and work together. Pause.

Let us pray: Lord Almighty, from whom all good things come, print in our hearts the love of your name; increase in us the true faith; nourish us with all goodness and mature in us the fruit of good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

We pray for the unity of Cameroonians; that divisions and rivalries among us are vanishing, so that living in communion, we are everywhere a sign of the unity desired by God for the human family, and that we engage more effectively for peace and integral good of humanity. Pause.

Let us pray: God our Father, goodness that surpasses all kindness, beauty that surpasses all beauty, in you are peace, tranquility and harmony. Reconcile your divided servants to one another, grant us your spirit of unity and make us one. May we become one in the kiss of charity and the bond of affection; one between us and with others; one in the peace that comes from you and gives harmony to all things; one in the grace, mercy, and tenderness of your beloved Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

We pray for the people of North-West Cameroon, for the people of South-West Cameroon, for the dead and the refugees, for the bereaved families so that they seek, in a spirit of peace and joy, a future and a justice for all. Pause.

Let us pray: Almighty God, by entrusting us with the control of the earth, you have made us the collaborators of your creation. Give us wisdom and respect, to use the resources of nature in such a way that no one suffers from our abuses, and that future generations praise you for your kindness. By Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray that all men and women will firmly reject violence as a solution to personal, political, collective, community or regional problems, and that leaders and governments will avoid any risk of armed conflict by seeking understanding between them, tolerance, mutual respect and reconciliation. Pause.

Let us pray: eternal God, in your perfect Kingdom no sword is drawn except the sword of justice, no force is exerted except the force of love: send your Spirit with power so let all the people rank under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of the same Father; to him power and glory, now and forever. Amen.

We pray that all our brothers and sisters and ourselves can grow in respect for the dignity of man and his inalienable rights; may we use our freedom with the scrupulous care not to infringe the rights of others, taking into account their specific needs and dealing with conflicts in a spirit of respect and understanding. Pause.

Let us pray: Almighty God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the heart of our struggles for justice and truth, not to confront us with hatred or bitterness, but rather to work together in tolerance and respect; by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Reference: Excerpt from the litany liturgical prayer of Christians for the so-called peace in Assisi in 1986, during the interreligious meeting initiated by John Paul II.