Remembering the cost of war

With Remembrance Day held at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year, sadly the disastrous toll on human life through war continues.


Remembrance Day originated after World War 1 which was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Gallipoli and the trench warfare on the Western Front were disastrous campaigns that cost tens of thousands of lives. But still the carnage continues unabated with wars raging in Ukraine and in Gaza, among many conflicts around the globe.


We pray these wars end soon and the men, women and children caught up in these battles can return to their homes and live in peace.



Gracious God, we pray for all persons suffering from war.
May they be held in your loving care and protection and given the strength to endure great suffering and hardship. Transform the hearts and minds of all those who perpetuate violence and oppression. Grant wisdom to world leaders in advancing efforts toward world peace; may they not be compromised by self-interest and blind indifference. We ask all this through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and in the name of your Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.


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