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So there will be justice on the earth…

October 14, 2010

So there will be justice on the earth…
In one of our prayers of the people, that line appears and it never fails to choke me up. I know you probably think it’s curious that I would pick that word to choke up on, but you see, I hold justice in high regard. It’s not just a word, it’s alive, it breathes, it’s a beautiful thing. Justice belongs to the down trodden, the broken in spirit and those who have been victimized by this world. It’s a word of hope, and possibilities, where the balance is tipped back and everything is set right. Those who work in the field of justice sometimes get disillusioned and frustrated, but they should never give up because the workings of justice don’t come easy. I believe it is an honorable calling and I respect them very much for answering it. So here’s my tribute to those in the various branches of law enforcement, who do their part to better the world so there will be justice on the earth.

I looked it up and was a little off in the wording, anyway, I’m posting the full Prayers of the People. *Note* The “C” in catholic is not capitalized because we’re Episcopalian, not Catholic. The Priest says the first sentence in the sequence, and the congregation responds (the sentences indented).

Prayers of the People
Father, we pray for your holy catholic Church;
That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and
humbly serve you;
That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and
Sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations
of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

Silence

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2 comments

  1. That’s great, DL. Thanks!


  2. No i should be thanking you.



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