Earthquake Memorial (Bishop Barry Jones)
Prayer of Bishop Barry Jones concluding the ‘two-minute silence’ at today’s (Ash Wednesday) memorial service in Hagley Park today on this first anniversary of last year’s tragic earthquake. O God whose mercies are without number, and whose treasure and goodness is infinite, graciously increase the faith of your people that all may grasp and rightly understand by whose love they have been created. Your Son Jesus has taught us to open our hearts to you in sincere prayer,
today after one year,
we commend to your love and mercy all those whose lives have been changed forever by the earthquake of 22 February 2011. those who lost their lives in that terrible time.
those who were evacuated in great stress
and who have since departed this life Grieving and distraught families, friends and workmates
entered thereby into a time of sadness,
loneliness and heartbreak. Have mercy on them all O God. We commend also to you those living survivors
who bear wounds and scars and injuries
both visible and invisible from the earthquakes which have continued to oppress us. May their trust and confidence in you never fail, but rather grow to be strong and life-giving for themselves and for those close to them.
Your Son Jesus
showed himself to be the physician of souls.
May those burdened by fear, anxiety,
Many of our people Lord carry painful memories of building and structures falling, and persons being crushed and trapped. Have mercy on them and grant them peace.