Justice and Peace are key themes for people of faith throughout our world. Not only are they themes for the world as a whole, but also for our local communities, our homes and our own hearts.
On Tuesday 13th October we kept a special Vigil of Prayer for Justice and Peace at St Chrysostom’s. The Vigil was held following the reception of the body of Fr Ken Leech into church. Fr Ken had requested that if possible such a vigil be held ‘with him.’
We were delighted to receive a wide variety of prayers written for the Vigil. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote one, as did many other friends and supporters. It was very encouraging to receive prayers from people of differing social and faith backgrounds. Some of the prayers were very personal and written from the heart.
Here is one of the prayers, written by Sue Rainger, a friend of Fr Ken:
We give thanks for Ken, your servant, who sought to transform some of the unjust structures within society, through his life of prayer and action.
Liberator God, who led your people from captivity to Freedom, we ask to be shown ways to be your agents of transformation. Where injustice reigns and despair prevails in your world, may we strive for a fairer way.
Where people, like Ken, labour for good and struggle against the odds, may we be companions in their endeavour.
Where there are new beginnings, the voiceless find a voice and barriers begin to crumble in the quest for true justice, let our solidarity serve new freedoms.
In the name of Christ, Amen.
The prayers were printed out and made available for people to read and pray during the Vigil, together with specific prayer requests from the marginalised of our own local community. We now make the prayers available as a resource for the future. Do have a look and perhaps you could use some of the prayers either privately, or publicly.
To read the prayers click: Justice and Peace Prayers Fr Ken Vigil Anyone is welcome to add to the prayers, simply contact us with your prayer.
The Vigil on 13th October closed with this prayer of Eric Milner White:
O God, who wouldest fold both heaven and earth
in a single peace:
Let the design of thy great love
lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows;
and give peace to thy Church,
peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings,
and peace in our hearts;
through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Funeral Mass order of Service and the Eulogy given can be read here