Never Again

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  As part of our staff worship, Lori invited us to join in the following memorial litany and to talk about glimpse of peace we have seen in our own lives.  (Interesting side note, Lori met her partner Paul at a Hiroshima memorial peace event years ago.)

Never Again
Security.
Peace.
Lasting.
Well-being.
Shalom.
Prosperity.
For generations.
Gone.
(Pause)
Lost.
Abandoned.
Why?
How?
War.
Madness.
The bomb.
Atomic.
Megatons.
Two hundred thousand
People.
Burned.
Sickened.
Radiation.
Gone.
(Pause)
Why?
Security?
Peace?
Lasting?
Well-being?
(Pause)
Never again.
On the brink.
Brinksmanship.
O God.
Have mercy.
O God.
Save us.
O God.
Help us.
O God.
Let all the souls
lost in Hiroshima
and Nagasaki rest
in peace.
O God,
resolve in us:
We shall not
repeat this evil.
All: Never again.
(A brief silence)

 

Litany source