Jerusalem Sunday 2018 liturgical resources compiled by Dr. Patricia Bays

A Prayer for Jerusalem Sunday 2018

This prayer is an adaptation of the Sisters of Mercy prayer, itself an adaption of Sr. Miriam Therese Winter’s “Valiant Women”.


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:   may they prosper who love you!   (Psalm 122.6)

Prayers of the People:


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you! (Psalm 122:6)

Come, Holy Spirit. Hear us as we pray for the Church here and everywhere. For our Primate Fred, for the clergy and laity of the Anglican Church of Canada, for the Anglican Communion around the world and, particularly today, for the ministries of women and mothers in the church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, for Archbishop Suheil Dawani and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and for Bishop Ibrahim Azar and the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, that all may proclaim your word of peace and reconciliation.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit. Hear us as we pray for justice and peace on earth. For the leaders of this country of Canada and for the leaders of all nations, particularly remembering today Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. We pray for the holy city of Jerusalem. Bring to those who lead Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities a spirit of co-operation and collaboration. May peace and harmony bless these and all lands. May we be peacemakers in our own community, and continue to work for justice and peace for all.

Come, Holy Spirit, come. 

Come, Holy Spirit, be with all those in need. We pray for victims of war and violence, for refugees and prisoners, for all who are afflicted or oppressed, that they may be held in your healing power. We pray for those who have died . . . that they may live eternally in God’s presence, and for those who mourn, that they may be comforted.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come, Holy Spirit. You are alive in all the earth.  You moved and shaped land and sea, trees and all living creatures. You brought us into being. Open our eyes to your presence in the world. Help us to be wise and careful stewards of creation so that there may be abundance of life for all.

Come, Holy Spirit, come. 

Into your hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in yourmercy,through Jesus Christ our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.



In thanksgiving, let us offer our prayers to the source of all love and life, saying, “We give you thanks, O God.”

For the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Communion of which we are a part, for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, for their faithful witness in a difficult time and for their commitment to peace and reconciliation, and today, for the ministries of women as mothers and family caregivers, teachers, physicians, nurses and health practitioners, researchers, administrators, organizers and more.

We give you thanks, O God.

For the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem, for institutions of education and healing, for ministries of witness and reconciliation, of the work of peace-making and service to those in need,

We give you thanks, O God.

For the beauty of the land of the Holy One, for the generous hospitality of the Christian community, for opportunities to share our stories and walk together on our pilgrim journey,

We give you thanks, O God.

For all the blessings of this life, for strength in adversity, for comfort in sorrow, for grace to serve,

We give you thanks, O God.

For the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray,

We give thanks, O God. Amen.

Psalm Prayers from the BAS

Lord Jesus, give us the peace of the new Jerusalem. Bring all nations into your kingdom to share your gifts, that they may render thanks to you without end and may come to your eternal city, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. (Psalm 122)

Giver of life and source of all blessings, may the leaders of the nations serve your people with justice and protect them from violence, hardship, and exploitation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our King. Amen. (Psalm 21)

Shield and protector of all, hear the prayers of those who call upon you, and set them free from violence, persecution, and fear, that all may know that deliverance belongs to you. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.(Psalm 3)

God of eternal light, open our eyes to the vision of your holy city coming down from heaven; make our hearts sensitive to your presence, and our wills eager to join in the comfort and healing your bring to all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.(Psalm 87)

God of pilgrims, strengthen our faith, we pray. Guide us through the uncertainties of our journey, and hold before us the vision of your eternal kingdom, made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Psalm 78)

A Prayer by Gerald Butt written for St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem

O Lord soften the stone hearts
of those who preach and practice
intolerance and bigotry;
as the sun’s setting glow
softens the stone walls
of your holy city, Jerusalem.

Lord, the rocky hills, the valleys,
the deserts and the sea shores
are filled with the echoes of centuries of pain.
Lord, bring peace to house and village.
Comfort the mothers who fret
and those who mourn.
Lord, keep strong the twisted old root
of the olive tree,
and protect the young vine.

Lord of water and stone,
of bread and wine,
Lord of the resurrection,
feed hope, and bring peace,
to this wracked but beautiful Holy Land. Amen.  

Suggested Hymns:

From Common Praise:   

  • CP 482 Come and Journey with a Saviour
  • CP 470 Seek Not in Distant, Ancient Hills
  • CP 575 Let Streams of Living Justice
  • CP 576 For the Healing of the Nations
  • CP 278 Jerusalem the Golden
  • CP 388 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
  • CP 596 O Holy City Seen of John
  • CP 157 Rise Up and Shine
  • CP 275 O What their Joy and Their Glory Must Be

From Evangelical Lutheran Worship:     

  • 704  When Pain of the World Surrounds Us
  • 546  To Be Your Presence
  • 628  Jerusalem, My Happy Home

From other sources:

  • Sent By The Lord Am I (Iona Community, GIA Publications)
  • Lord, When You Came to the Seashore (Gather 781)
  • Christ, Be Our Light (Gather 590)

More resources:



On YouTube, check out Bridges to Bethlehem, 12 mini documentaries prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches and showing the Christmas traditions of the many Christian denominations in Bethlehem.