Archbishop Linda Nicholls is inviting all Anglicans across Canada to join an Ecumenical-Interfaith National Prayer event. The following prayer was developed by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ottawa for the use of any who will join in.
Prayer is the shared language with which we express the hopes and longings of our hearts to God with our sisters and brothers of faith. Please join in prayer as we face this common challenge in every community. Share this invitation widely.
We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;
We know we are in a war against COVID - 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:
We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;
That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;
We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;
We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;
We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;
We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;
We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;
We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.
We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;
For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.
We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.
We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.
We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.
composed by Rabbi Dr Reuven P. Bulka & Archbishop Terrence Prendergast