Special -- Pastoral Prayer for Armenian Martyrs’ Day
Prayer for Armenian Martyrs’ Day
Out of the depths Oh God, we call to you.
As your gathered people we come to worship you
to remember your presence in our lives.
You have been with all humanity throughout
When each one of us was born your spirit danced
within us. Your breath gave us life.
As we age and travel on our journeys
you continue to breathe the power of
resurrection life in us.
In this season of Easter we celebrate the many
ways you have conquered death.
You gave Tabitha a transforming moment.
In this reminder of your own power over death
we come trusting in you:
in your forgiveness, your mercy and your love.
As your global church we are mindful
of all the sisters and brothers who make up the
body of Christ.
Today we are especially mindful of Armenians
throughout the world
as they remember the Genocide of their people
continued oppression by the Turkish
We know that on your Good Friday you entered
all of our Good Fridays.
Whenever your children have been harmed
out of greed, abuse of power and hate
you are crucified again.
May your comforting presence be with the
survivors who are still living and with their loved ones.
May your confidence and hope be with them
as they continue to seek justice for wounds not
In your power of resurrection hope may healing
be realized this Eastertide.
We are also mindful of those who bring harm to
They are also in your heart.
We pray that they may receive your love and
in the midst of their own repentance.
May their acknowledgement of harmful actions be
a step toward justice
that can transform them into whole people of
We know that being brave and being called to
truth telling can lead to death.
Protect those who have the courage and loving
heart for justice and truth.
May this day be a day when our solidarity with
all of your hurting people
becomes a day of life-giving acts of love,
hope, joy and peace.
May the power of the resurrection become a
living energy within each of us
so that your kin-dom on earth will grow into
that beloved garden of paradise promised.
In the name of Jesus
the Christ we pray. Amen.
Pastoral Prayer for Armenian Martyrs’ Day was written by the Rev.
Susan A. Minasian, Chaplain at Franklin
and Marshall College
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
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