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On Thursday, May 27, 2004, a few hundred people gathered to honor lives and protest the deaths in an interfaith peace vigil in Palo Alto, California. The San Jose Mercury News covered this vigil (read the news article). The vigil was organized and publicized by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.
To respond to numerous requests for the Prayer of Repentance from the vigil and Iraq II, a poem written and recited by the Rev. George Wilson, we've reprinted the text of these below.
Prayer of Repentance:
For our failure once again to choose peaceful, humane ways to deal with conflict,
For once again asking our young men and women to suffer and cause suffering.
to kill and be killed; (RESPONSE)
For vibrant lives suddenly and shamelessly sacrificed, and for the lives that
continue, haunted forever by the pain of horror and loss, (RESPONSE)
For the conflagration of nightmare images forever seared into our memories,
For every act of terror, abuse, torture and killing, and every expectation
or command that another engage in such acts, (RESPONSE)
For the charred visions of peace and the dry taste of shame, (RESPONSE)
For our addiction to weapons and war, power and greed, (RESPONSE)
Change our course, O God. Change our hearts, minds, souls and actions. (RESPONSE)
Change the course of our lives, change the course of our communities of faith,
give us courage and vision to speak and act for dignity and life for all. (RESPONSE)
Change the course of our government, change the course of our nation, change
the course of our world, that we may build a new reality where humanity and
the earth itself flourishes with life. (RESPONSE)
You convict us O God with your call for peace, compassion and justice. (RESPONSE)
Convert us O God to your ways of peace, compassion and justice. (RESPONSE)
Consecrate us O God to the work of peace, compassion and justice. (RESPONSE)
One loss counts we know