A couple of Prayers...
God of mercy,
it was not your plan that children should be
that vulnerable peoples lives should be destroyed
that people called to goodness should give way to temptation to abuse
or to cover up the sinful actions of others.
The work of the Enemy
has broken the heart of your Church
but the work of Christ will be
its healing and redemption.
In our sorrow and shame, we turn to you
our only source of hope.
Give us faith to believe that you can bring
light from this darkness;
give us hope that the future can be built
on the foundations of truth and justice;
give us love that we each
play our part
however great however small -
in your great work
of healing the broken Body of Christ.
In the name of that same
Christ, our Lord.
You are teaching us to face truths that we would rather
You are showing us that some of those entrusted with
have not followed the model of your Son
but have abused
You are showing us that the hurts of abuse go far
deeper than we had known
and have wrecked countless lives.
refusing to let us pretend any longer
that we do not know what some
of us have done
that we do not see the brokenness of the Body of
that we do not hear the demands for justice
sufferings of the victims and survivors
and the sins of the
perpetrators have nothing to do with us.
But by taking away the
shrouds of pretence and denial,
you unveil the possibilities of
reparation and reconciliation
of deepened compassion and heartfelt
In this work you lay before us,
may Christ be our model
and the Holy Spirit our inspiration
and Giver of the
gifts your Church will need
to bring healing to herself and to all