Bishops’ Statement on the Holy Land

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Dear Companions in Christ,

We write to you with sorrow and grief for the lives lost in the current conflict in Israel/Palestine, and we join in deepening our prayers for the people of the Holy Land. From our broken hearts, we offer our prayers to God. We offer to you a prayer from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ). ECCT has supported and walked with AFEDJ for many years. We also offer to you the prayer written by Archbishop Hosam Naoum of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. We invite you to pray with these words as individuals and to share with others as you feel so called.

Many of you may also be looking for life-giving ways to respond with a touch of hope and care. The Alhi Arab hospital in Gaza is in need of funds to support their ministry. This is one way we can provide this touch. We also encourage you to reach out to your friends and neighbors – building bridges, offering kindness, and locally living God’s dream for connection in our world.

May God’s love and peace fill the hearts and minds of all, bringing an end to the violence and moving us all toward peace.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan


God of peace, we pray for the people of Palestine and Israel in these perilous and dangerous times.

For all who are fearful for the safety of their loved ones and themselves, we pray that the assurance of unfailing love, even in the midst of danger, settles upon them. Shelter them from despair and protect them from harm.

For all who are wounded, we pray they find healing.

For all who have died, we pray they find rest.

For all who grieve, we pray they find comfort.

For leaders on all sides, we pray for a renewed will to lay down arms, for the strength to put the grievances and wrongs suffered by their people to rest, and for the conviction to embrace a path of reconciliation and peace that preserves the rights and dignity of all of your children.

God of mercy, help us to remember there is no border that can separate us from your great love and protection, no stone that can sound the well of your deep mercy.

God of justice, we pray with hopeful hearts that your beloved children of the Holy Land will be spared a future of sustained violence and unrest and that a recognition of the humanity of all people will prevail.

We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

– American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

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