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COP 28: A Prayer

Updated: Dec 3, 2023


Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

We thank you for the fragile gift of life,

And the beautiful world that you made.

To you be all praise, honour and glory.


Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

You called us to love our neighbours,

And tend and keep your cosmic temple.


Yet we have failed.

And done evil in your sight.


Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy.


In our quest for industrial and technological development,

We have plundered and pillaged this world of yours,

Unrestrained capitalism and unfettered consumerism,

Building on a history of oppression of the global south,

Have brought us to the brink.


Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy.

We stand at 1 minute to midnight,

And the clock hand of our existential threat moves steadily onwards.

Yet we stand distracted and in denial at this late hour.


Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy.


Global temperatures rise,

We suffer at 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures,

Sea Levels Rise,

Extreme Weather increases,

Increased Migration,

Climate breakdown acts as a threat multiplier.


Knowing the unless things change we will face a 3-degree climate hell,

Of Mass migration,

Mass starvation

And societal collapse.


What have we done?

Lord have mercy?


What have we done?

Christ have mercy?


Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

With tears in our eyes,

And sadness in our souls,

We pray for COP28,

For compassionate change,

And the overturning of the tables of injustice.


Father of Creation,

God of Justice,

We pray that world leaders would slam on the brakes of climate breakdown,

That we would avert the worst of what may be,

And adapt to what will be with compassion and justice.


Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy.


Father of Creation,

God of Compassion,

We thank you for the fragile gift of life,

And the beautiful world that you made.

To you be all praise, honour and glory.

Amen



Swales, 2023

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