This National Day of Remembrance, held annually on 25 April in New Zealand and Australia, is a day on which we honour all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and remember the contribution and suffering of all who have served.
“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them.
Lest we forget”.
As we mark ANZAC Day 2017, we pray for an end to all conflicts and war everywhere and for peace in our world.
A PRAYER FOR PEACE
God of peace, may we become peacemakers by
feeding the hungry,
welcoming the stranger,
planting kindness and nurturing peace wherever we are.
God of Justice, may we become justice makers by
upholding the rights of all beings,
sharing our gifts and nurturing justice wherever we are.
We pray for these things with humility, because of the hope that is within us,
and because of our faith in the ultimate triumph of the good over evil.
We pray because of our love for Creation and because of our trust in a loving God.
Above all, we pray for an end to violence, and for peace throughout the world. Amen