Jerusalem and Holy Land Sunday

Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ May 24, 2020

The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada lift up the Seventh Sunday of Easter as Jerusalem and the Holy Land Sunday.  It is an opportunity to learn about the work and mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.  It is also an opportunity to be intentional about learning more about the situation in parts of the Middle East.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has included this prayer with its resources for this Sunday:

Ya Rabba Ssalami – God of peace,
You came among us a baby in Bethlehem, sharing in our humanity, our sufferings and our problems. Today your world is groaning with physical distancing, with mental stress, with loss of jobs, with loss of hope. Yet, you are a God of hope. You are here with us, and you are with the people of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Give us comfort in the midst of chaos, give us hope in the midst of suffering, and faith in the midst of mourning.
God, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Ya Rabba Ssalami – God of peace,
In the midst of political conflict and deteriorating peace talks, we thank you for faithful leaders in the Holy Land, especially Bishop Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and Archbishop Suheil of The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Give them strength to speak out against injustices which eliminate the security and freedom of people. Give us that same courage to open our eyes to what is needed to protect those who are most vulnerable.
God, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Ya Rabba Ssalami – God of peace,
You are a God of Peace, and yet we are not always peaceful people. Let your people strive for peace. With the people of the Holy Land, we ask that you rain your peace upon us and upon our land.
God, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

The Anglican Church of Canada has several pages on its website that provide more information including these:

St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem – Photo Credit: Anglican Video

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