Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Prayer for Paris

A prayer for Paris, following the atrocities on Friday 13th November 2015

God of liberty,IMG_2324

your Spirit sets us free to flourish and delight

in your love and goodness.

God of equality,

you adopt us as your children

to be heirs of your grace.

God of fraternity,

you draw us together in your Son

and strengthen the bonds that unite us in a common humanity.

Shine your light of hope into the darkness

of oppression, division and hatred,

that we may be set free from these chains

as equal brothers and sisters,

and the world rejoice in your peace.

Wipe away the tears of grief and sorrow

and deliver us from evil;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

© Ian Black 2015


About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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