Prayers for the Armed Forces

For the Armed Forces of the Crown

Heavenly Father,

we commend to your gracious care and keeping

all the men and women in our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;

strengthen them in their trials and temptations;

and give them courage to face the perils that beset them;

and help them to know that nothing can separate them from your love;

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

O Lord God of Hosts,

stretch forth, we pray, your almighty arm

to strengthen and protect our service men and women.

Support them in times of conflict,

and in their rest and training keep them safe from all evil;

endue them with courage and loyalty;

and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For Those Deployed on Active Service

Almighty God,

stretch forth your mighty arm

to strengthen and protect the armed forces:

grant that meeting danger with courage

and all occasions with discipline and loyalty,

they may truly serve the cause of justice and peace;

to the honour of your holy name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the Field Service Book of the British Army

 

Almighty God,

in you alone we find safety and peace.

We commend to your gracious keeping

all the men and women who serve in the Navy, the Army, or the Air Force,

who face danger and put their lives at risk so that others might live in safety.

Defend them day by day by your heavenly power;

and help them to know that they can never pass beyond the reach of your care.

Keep alive in them and in us your vision of that peace

which alone we must seek and serve;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

From the Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland

 

A Litany for the Armed Forces

Holy God, the protector of all who trust in you:

Grant to the Armed Forces of the Crown,

and all who seek you,

the assurance of your presence,

the knowledge of your love,

and the guidance of your spirit

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Bring healing and wholeness to people and nations:

let your mercy rule all that we do.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Be with all who defend your truth and your peace,

that they may vanquish injustice and wrong.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Give wisdom to leaders and commanders,

that they may be a force for good on the earth.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

In your wisdom embrace our enemies,

and those who wish us harm:

turn, the hearts of all to kindness and friendship.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Be with all medics and chaplains,

and all who support the suffering:

give then wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.


Sustain the anxious and fearful,

and renew then with courage from on high.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Comfort all worried families, whose loved ones are in danger:

surround them with your love, protect them from all harm.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Be with the sick and wounded,

stand by all prisoners and captives:

let your mercy be shown to all, and your power to heal and save.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Receive those fallen in battle, and all innocents who have died:

surround their loves ones with compassion,

and give them a patient faith.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Confirm what is founded on truth,

and establish your love in our hearts:

that justice may abound on the Earth,

and all peoples rejoice in your peace.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

The litany may end with the Lord's Prayer, or else this or some other collect

Lord our God,

our sure stronghold,

hear the voice of our pleading

and deliver us from evil.

Strengthen us as we strive for the poor and oppressed,

and establish your justice in all the earth.

Amen

Brian Elliott from 'They Shall Grow Not Old'

 

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