A Litany of Lamentation and Protest

For those who might wish to use a litany like this in future protests against the war, I offer here the one I wrote for our witness in Hartford on March 19:

Litany of Lamentation and Protest
God of all people, God of this moment: be with us in this gathering of witness and resistance. Four thousand sons and daughters of our nation have lost their lives to the bloody machinery of war. Many thousands more return to us damaged in body, mind and spirit. For our soldiers, their families and our nation we pray:

Strengthen us in the ways of peace; make us faithful to the call for justice.

Iraq and Afghanistan have been ravaged in our names. Women and men, children and elders have lost their lives, their homes and their hope. For the suffering people of Iraq and Afghanistan we pray:

Strengthen us in the ways of peace; make us faithful to the call for justice.

Our leaders walk a pathway drenched in blood. They use torture; they hire mercenaries; they hold prisoners without trial and without hope for freedom. For the injustices carried out in our name, we pray:

Strengthen us in the ways of peace; make us faithful to the call for justice.

Through all the scriptures and revelations of our faiths, we have been taught that you are a God of love. We know that each thing done to the least of your children has been done also to you. For the ways we have failed to follow your call to love one another, we pray:

Strengthen us in the ways of peace; make us faithful to the call for justice.

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