Urgent Call for Prayer

From Archbishop Winston Halapua

5 September 2014

“Military Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga has called on the nation to pray for the safe release of 44 Fijian soldiers held captive by a militant rebel group in the Golan Heights” The Fiji Times, Saturday 20 August

We join with our leaders and with all people of faith in Fiji to pray for our soldiers who have been held captive.  We pray also for the families and communities whose loved ones are victims of violence in the Middle East.

This situation of crisis for Fijians serving in UN Peace Keeping Force brings home to us strongly our deep connections with many other victims of violence.  It brings home to us the need to work and pray peace in our communities, our countries and our world.

I call upon all the Parishes in the Province that we pray intentionally for the wellbeing and the release of those held captive, for families and friends of Fijian soldiers, for the UN Peace Keeping Force and its mission, that we may be peacemakers in a troubled world.  I invite you to use this prayer from the Prayer Book:

For Peace:

O God

It is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace

Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows

And give peace to your Church

Peace among nations, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts