Liturgy of nonviolence

one. Bridegroom of poverty, our brother Francis, follower of Jesus and a friend of creation:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Apostle of nonviolence, Gandhi the Mahatma, reproach to the churches:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. John XXIII, Pope and friend to the poor, who longed for the unity of all people:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Peacemakers in the world, Dag Hammarskjold, Desmond Tutu, and Mohammed ElBaradei, called children of God:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Banker to poor, Muhammad Yunus, and worker for justice and reconciliation, Glenda Wildschut:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Gautama the Buddha and Mother Theresa, fountains of compassion:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and all fighters for freedom:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Students of the earth, Charles Darwin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Margaret Mead, voyagers in the past and in the future:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Children of the Synagogue, Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud, divers in the sea of humanity:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Confessors in chains, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Berrigan Brothers, war resisters:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Confessor in Africa, Augustine of Hippo, city-planner for God’s people:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Innocents of Wounded Knee, Hiroshima, My Lai, and Haditha; God’s wheat ground in the mill of war:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Martyrs of Africa; Perpetua, mother; Felecity, slave; and all your companions:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Martyrs in Latin America, Camillo Torres and Oscar Romero, priests and revolutionaries:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Blessed Damian and Mother Alice, Moloka’i saints, friends of the outcast:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Unwed mother, Blessed Mary, fair well-spring of our liberation:
many. Stand Here beside us.

one. Our leader and Lord, Jesus , Son of God, bright cornerstone of our unity in a new Spirit:
many. Stand Here beside us.

3 thoughts on “Liturgy of nonviolence

  1. Margaret Mead always stuck me as pretty sexist, against males that is. I think if I asked here for her intercession she’d tell me to go to hell.

  2. I really enjoyed this litney. And I love the way you added the links so I could learn more about each of these people. Where did this come from.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s