Prayer for Truth & Reconciliation

Prayer for Truth & Reconciliation

We begin with a sign of Creator’s love: in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As we gather our thoughts and prayers
and we remember the Creator’s gift
of Indigenous peoples - the first peoples of the land.

We remember the suffering brought
through colonization and the residential school systems.
The gifts were ignored, and a people almost destroyed.
Children were sent to places and people
that sought to make them who they were not.

At the site of Marieval Indian Residential School
in the Cowessess First Nation east of Regina,
the hidden graves of uncounted residential school children were discovered.

We remember the lives of those
and all Indigenous children lost in residential schools.

We pray for them to the Creator who holds them
forever within the drumming, beating heart of Creation.

We pray that we acknowledge that we have much work to do
to achieve Truth and Reconciliation.

We remember and we commit to working together
so that no more children are lost to such darkness.
We remember and we commit to working together
so that no more peoples are brought to the edge of nothingness.

Close your eyes and pray:

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Close your eyes and pray:

  • for the children forced to attend residential schools
  • for the children who died while attending a residential school
  • for the many, many, parents who grieved at their children being forcibly abducted and removed to school
  • for grandparents denied their proper role of sharing their culture, language, and spirituality with their grandchildren
  • for the communities that withered and died for the lack of a younger generation to continue
  • for the children who were exposed to and suffered from serious illnesses because of the terrible conditions at the residential schools.
  • for those children who survived the system, but daily carry the physical, emotional, spiritual, and/or psychological scars
  • for the residential school survivors who fell into lives of loneliness and the pain of dependencies, addictions, and chronic illness
  • for the generations who were the children and grandchildren of former residential school students, now suffering from the syndrome of multi-generational abuse
  • for those who work to gather and heal the scattered elements of culture, language, and spirituality scattered and destroyed by the residential school system

Creator, we bring our prayers to you because we cannot heal on own. We ask a blessing upon all those who in their everyday lives quietly demonstrate attitudes of Truth, Reconciliation and Justice, that ensures that such travesties as the residential school system can never happen again.

Creator, open our hearts so that we many honour

the gift of the Creator in all peoples.

Amen

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