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US Military and Veterans

Updated: Apr 12



A prayer for Corporal Rory Hamill:

He was Among Us

Almighty God and Father:

He was among us

Then he went ahead

And others were spared

The losses he suffered,

the losses he shared

with others who suffered.

Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth:

How many are lost in war!

How many are lost, embattled, afterwards!

How many are lost in the aftermath of pain:

In the life-long plague of remembering -

The hidden, memorised shock,

Closing, like shrapnel, on the heart!

Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

In what dark place are the tears,

In what dark place are the wounds,

In what dark place, darker without you,

Are the questions, questioning you:

Why have I lived?

Why have they died?

Lord God, Son of God:

We were walking together

And he re-joined us

– thank you!

We were walking together

And his stumbling he shared with us

– thank you!

We were walking together

And he helped us

– thank you!

We were walking together

And we lost him

– forgive us!

Lord, True Man and True God:

How many are among 

the bushes – sit with us!

How many are alone

on the street – stand with us!

How many are edged

out of life’s reach – speak to us!

Lord, through your Death and Resurrection:

May your darkness en-brighten us!

May your sufferings soothe us!

May your words enlighten us!

Oh Holy Spirit:

Come in the flight upwards

to take the weight downing us!

Come in life’s going,

to bring life to the brim in us!

Come in the upset of leaving

to take love to the left!

Oh Holy Spirit of Love:

Help us to find the openings

for those locked in the past!

Help us to heal the hidden,

Un-yielding wounds!

Help us to end the warring

within each of us

that breaks out between us!

Oh Holy Spirit, Soul of the Church:

Sing in us! Sigh in us! Save us!

Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God,

St. Joseph and the whole

host of welcoming Saints:

We have a common prayer:

for all of us, here and there, to share,

for the people passing – and past;

for the past that plagues the present:

We pray for peace and an end

to the life-long price of war.

by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism

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Prayers God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

God of all goodness, Look with love on those who wait for the safe return of their loved ones who serve in the armed forces of their country. In faith and hope, we turn to you for comfort. Grant that we may trust in your mercy and send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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