Prayer for an end to violence against women

Prayer of the People

Great God we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer

Today we pray for all those women who despite suffering from violence, continue to care for family and children, to grow and prepare food, carry water, earn a living and offer support to others.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer

We pray for women who are trafficked as domestic or sex workers; for women who are raped and do not know how to find words to name their pain or a way into the future. Lord, in your mercy

We pray for transformation of our societies which often find it easier to judge the victims of violence than to solve the problems of injustice. Lord in your mercy

We pray that women’s voices may be heard and taken into account in all peace and reconciliation work.   Lord in your mercy

We pray for a transformation in the violent way many men act towards and think about women.   Lord in your mercy

We look forward to the age of peace, when violence is banished, both women and men are able to love and to be loved, and the work and wealth of our world is justly shared.   Lord in your mercy

Lord God,
Your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked,
yet he prayed for his persecutors
and overcame hatred with the blood of the cross.
Grant those who stand against violence peace of mind
and a renewed faith in your protection and care.

Protect us all from the violence of others,
keep us safe from the weapons of hate,
and restore to us tranquillity and peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Compiled by Rev Roger Prowd, St Stephen’s Anglican Church – Gardenvale