Week 45 - Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

4 November - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Those who have given up their lives to protect others.
  • Those who work for reconciliation between people.
  • Those establishing a lasting peace with justice for people of all ethnic groups and nationalities.
  • The diversity of plants and animals in this region, and their protection.
  • Choirs and music, which abound in this region.

Pray for:

  • Women who have contracted HIV and AIDS after being raped in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.
  • Orphans, widows, street children, traumatized and disabled people, those in overcrowded prisons, and those who live in the squalour of refugee camps.
  • Those steeped in ethnic violence and hatred, that their hearts may be turned.
  • The establishment of a stable and lasting peace in the region, so that those who have been forced to leave their homes may return, families may be reunited, and those who have suffered may begin to heal.
  • An end to corruption and corporate greed, and the sustainable use of vast natural resources.
  • Those displaced by violence, that they may be able to rebuild their lives.
  • Children, that they may attend school and play without fear of violence.
  • An end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so that the country may begin to heal and rebuild itself.

 

PRAYER 

Lord, you call on us to pray for our enemies.
Have mercy on those who are disposed to do us evil
and who divide your church.

Deliver us, Lord, from every temptation.

Have mercy on our lack of belief and our wavering faith
as we travel the path towards the unity of your people.

You are our God and we want always to be your people
under the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

(Prayer by the group from Zaire who prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 1993)

O God,
the source of our belonging to one another,
none of us can give anything to our sisters and brothers
if we have not first of all belonged to you;
give us your Spirit in the bond of perfect unity
so that the Spirit may transform us into a new humanity,
free and united in your love,
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

(New Roman Missal, Democratic Republic of Congo)