12  December  2016

Grant to us, Lord, purity of heart and strength of purpose; that no passion may hinder us from knowing your will and no weakness from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

 

Eternal God, strong to save,
into this broken world we pray for the blessing of your peace.
Amid its wars and the suffering of the innocent, we pray for your justice.
Be alongside those who serve in our nation's armed forces,
through the rigours of hard training;
in the separation and loneliness of deployment;
facing danger on the front line;
in the uncertainties of service life.
Be with the families that sacrifice their normality to support them.
And where they feed the hungry, console the refugee, confront the pirate, challenge the smuggler or face the foe,
may they ever remember your calling to follow and serve with love.
Eternal God, may there ever rise to thee,
glad hymns of praise from land, sea and air. Amen.

Mark Noakes, CSFC Chaplain, HMS Raleigh, Cornwall

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