Peacemaking prayer at military funerals

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12 August 2009

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From the Revd Tony Graham
Sir, — Of course our government should honour our forces, as Dr Sentamu says they should. In the Church we find ourselves honouring our forces in military funerals. Sadly, there will be many more of those, and there will be increasing civil strife, if we stay in Afghanistan for another 40 years.

But the funeral of Harry Patch last week, with former enemies praying together, suggested a way in which the Church might make a significant contribution.

I would like to suggest that the Lord’s Prayer might be said during military funerals, with an invitation to those who will to lift up to God for God’s compassion, the bereaved families and the dead on the “other side”.

This terrible conflict is not about Christians against Muslims, it is about people against war. We need all the help our peacemaking God, whom Jesus called Father, is willing to give us.
TONY GRAHAM
48 Springfield Road, Crawley
West Sussex RH11 8AH

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