A Litany of Non-Violent Resistance

Praying the Litany in Colombia

The following Litany and accompanying photographs are reproduced here with the kind permission of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, an initiative among Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations and Friends Meetings that supports violence reduction efforts around the world. Please keep them in your prayers. For information on how you can help, contact CPT, POB 6508, Chicago, IL 60680, TEL. 312-455-1199 FAX 312-432-1213. To receive news or discussion of CPT issues by e-mail, fill out the form found on their web page at http://www.prairienet.org/cpt/.

A Litany of Resistance

Leader: Let us pray.

Leader: You have learned how it is said
All: Love your neighbour and hate your enemy

But I say this to you who are listening,

Love your enemies
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Be compassionate
Judge not
Do not condemn

Grant pardon

Because the amount you measure out Is the amount you will be given back
Let everything you do
Be done in love
Blessed are the poor
For theirs is the kingdom of God
Blessed are they who mourn now
For they will be comforted
Blessed are the meek
For they will inherit the earth

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice

For they will be satisfied
Blessed are the merciful
For they will be shown mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they will see God
Blessed are the peacemakers
For they will be called the daughters and sons of God
Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Deliver us, O God. Guide our feet in the ways of your peace.
In humility, we ask, Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.
In humility, we ask, Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Free us from the bondage of sin and death
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

For the victims of war, Have mercy
Women, men and children, Have mercy
The maimed and the crippled, Have mercy
The abandoned and the homeless, Have mercy
The imprisoned and the tortured, Have mercy
The widowed and the orphaned. Have mercy
The bleeding and the dying, Have mercy
The weary and the desperate, Have mercy
The lost and the forsaken, Have mercy
For those fleeing in terror, Have mercy

For our scorched and blackened earth, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For the scandal of billions wasted in war, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For our leaders who wage war in our name, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For our Caesars and our Herods, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For our generals and tacticians, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For the men and women in battle, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For the men and women training for war, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For the scientists and researchers, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For the arms dealers and the merchants of death, Forgive us for we know not what we do
For our taxes that fund the evil of war, Forgive us for we know not what we do
Deliver us, O God; Guide our feet into the ways of peace
In humility, we ask: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

From the arrogance of power, Deliver us.
From the poverty of violence, Deliver us.
From the tyranny of greed, Deliver us.
Deliver us From the ugliness of racism, Deliver us.
Deliver us From the politics of hypocrisy, Deliver us.
From the hysteria of nationalism, Deliver us.
From the cancer of hatred, Deliver us.
From the seduction of wealth, Deliver us.
From the addiction of control, Deliver us.
From the avarice of imperialism, Deliver us.
From the idolatry of national security, Deliver us.
From the despair of fatalism, Deliver us.
From the violence of apathy, Deliver us.
From the filth of war, Deliver us.
From the profanity of war, Deliver us.
From the necessity of war, Deliver us.
From the madness of war, Deliver us.
From the blasphemy of war, Deliver us.
From the brutality of war, Deliver us.
From the demonic waste of war and of preparation for war, Deliver us.
Deliver us, O God; Guide our feet into the ways of peace
In humility, we ask, Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

Obedience to God comes before obedience to human authority
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's
Let your will be done, not mine, With the help of God's grace.
Let us resist and confront evil everywhere we find it, With the help of God's grace.

With the waging of war, We will not comply.
With all preparation and training for war, We will not comply.
With the forces of fear, We will not comply.
With the legalization of murder. We will not comply.
With the legalization of genocide, We will not comply.
With laws that betray human life, We will not comply.
With the bombing of civilians, We will not comply.
With the bombing of cities, We will not comply.
With the violating of our earth, We will not comply.
With the destruction of peoples, We will not comply.
With the raping of women, We will not comply.
With governments that are blind to the sanctity of life, We will not comply.
With economic structures that impoverish and dehumanize, We will not comply.
With the manipulation and control of public information, We will not comply.
With economics that manufacture instruments of death, We will not comply.
With economics that practice the use of instruments of death, We will not comply.
With the perpetuation of violence, We will not comply.
With structures that divide rich from poor, We will not comply.
With the hypocrisy of political maneuvering, We will not comply.

With the help of God's grace, We will struggle for justice
With the compassion of Christ, We will stand for what is true
With God's abiding kindness, We will love even our enemies
With the love of Christ, We will resist all evil
With God's unending faithfulness, We will work to build the beloved community
With Christ's passionate love, We will carry his cross
With God's overwhelming goodness, We will walk as pilgrims of peace
With Christ's fervent conviction, We will labour for truth
With God's infinite mercy, We will live in solidarity with all people

In the end there are three things that last: Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.

Let us abide in God's love.
Thanks be to God.

Pathway of Hope

"Paso de Esperanza" (Pathway of Hope), read the banner hanging over the river port entrance in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, on Monday, July 8, 2002. A seven-member CPT Colombia delegation hung the banner as an invitation to local people to express their hope that peace might come to this war-torn country.

The busy port area is a place where farmers bringing in their crops from the countryside can be "disappeared" easily and then killed by the AUC--the illegal paramilitary force that largely controls the city. The AUC often targets these farmers because they suspect them of supporting one of the leftist guerrilla groups, which are also trying to gain control in Colombia. CPT's four-hour port presence offered a boost to the safety of those traveling through the area.

Once each hour, the CPT members read a litany of nonviolent resistance and sang songs of peace and hope.


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