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Topical prayers from the Liturgical Commission (2)

The Liturgical Commission has provided prayers and other material for a number of forthcoming occasions.

These are:

  • The Baptism of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (on 5 July)
  • The 70th anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August)
  • The 70th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan) (2 September 15 August)
  • The centenary of the execution of Edith Cavell (12 October)

The text of the material for the first three is in the previous post. This post contains the material for Edith Cavell.

Commemoration of Edith Cavell: 12 October

Edith Cavell, the daughter of a priest, trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital and in 1907 became the director of a nursing school in Belgium. When Germany was poised to invade Belgium, Edith returned to be with the nurses she had trained, and she insisted that their calling was to care for all, friend and foe alike. From November 1914 Edith assisted British and Allied troops to escape from enemy occupied territory into the neutral territory of Holland. Edith was arrested for assisting Allied soldiers to escape. A chaplain celebrated the Eucharist the night before she was shot and killed by a German firing squad on October 12 1915. She was hurriedly buried in a grave outside Brussels, but her body was reburied at Norwich Cathedral, following a state funeral at Westminster Abbey in May 1919. Her example inspired many, and she soon became a popular heroine and a model of selfless service. There are memorials to her opposite the National Portrait Gallery in London, and at Norwich Cathedral.


God of compassion, as we recall the fearless courage of your servant Edith Cavell, give us a heart to serve and to care even for those who abuse and despise us. Remove from us all fear, hatred, and bitterness, and give us that life-giving love that loves to the uttermost and seeks the good of all, through Jesus Christ who came to seek and to save the lost. Amen.

God our Father, we thank you that you call women and men to share the passion of your Son, and to witness to your truth in adversity. As we recall the courage and single-mindedness of Edith Cavell, may we show forth your costly reconciling love, and be strengthened to serve you in one another, through the one through whom we are made one with you and one another, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Come Lord Jesus and abide with us. Be with us in the evening hour and protect us through the dark hours of the night. Comfort all who are in danger and those who watch and wait. Help us to be still, and to hold to your promise that in the end your purposes will be fulfilled, our anxieties dispelled, and our fears calmed, in the name of him whose love casts out fear, Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, your Son said that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do for him. May we, like your servant Edith Cavell, bring relief to those who are in need, comfort to those who are afraid, and healing to all who are in pain. This we ask in the name of him who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Biblical Readings link to all Readings

Wisdom 3.1-7
Isaiah 43.1-7
Jeremiah 11.18-20

Psalm 3
Psalm 35.1-5
Psalm 77.1-12

1 Peter 4.7-15
Hebrews 11.32-40
1 John 4.13-21

Matthew 10.16-22
Matthew 25.31-40
Luke 6.20-36
Luke 10.25-37
Matthew 25.31-40


​​Let not your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid
O death, where is your sting?
​​The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
​​Let not your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
​​Christ has been raised gloriously from the dead.
​​O death, where is your sting?

Prayers for the Eucharist

Invitation to Confession

​​The saints were faithful even unto death,
​​and now dwell in the joy of heaven.
​​As we recall their courage,
​​so we confidently ask for God’s mercy,
and confess our sins and weaknesses
in penitence and faith.

Penitential Kyrie

​​Lord, we fail to see that whatever we do for the least of all, we do to you.
​​Lord, have mercy.
​​Lord, have mercy.

Lord, we hold back from giving ourselves and in doing your will,
Christ, have mercy.
​​Christ, have mercy.

​​Lord, we falter in following the way of the cross.
​​Lord, have mercy.
​​Lord, have mercy.



​​Eternal God,
​​whose servant Edith Cavell placed her duty to you above all things
​​and laid down her life in protection of others:
​​make us, after her example, steadfast in all adversity,
​​and abide with us until, with all your faithful ones,
​​we share the joy of heaven;
​​through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
​​who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
​​​​​ (Norwich Cathedral)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia
The one who endures to the end will be saved.

The Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said, ‘Do not be troubled, and let not your hearts be afraid, my peace I give to you, and my peace I leave with you.’
​​The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Post Communion Prayer

​​Lord God, on the night before he died,
your Son accepted the cup of suffering.
Strengthened by this Eucharistic food,
may we spend and be spent in your loving service,
and at the end be brought, with Edith Cavell,
to sit at your table in the heavenly Kingdom;
through him who laid down his life for us,
and now ever lives to make intercession for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


​​God give you strength to show forth
the passion of Christ, with all the saints,
and to love others both in word and in deed.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with you, now and always. Amen.

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