Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom


Weekly Prayers

Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Vicar General of OSMTH:

Reverend Dean Pertti Ruotsalo of Finland.

19th October 2017.

The Ancient Rule of the Knights Templar refers to the Old Testament Psalm 133:

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”

As we confess, how difficult this is for all of us, we have opened each day in our OSMTH Ecumenical Spiritual Retreat this week in Sweden by saying:

“Heavenly Father, I was baptized to be your child. You removed me from darkness to light, from damnation to be an heir of heaven. I have not, however, lived as your child should live. I have not listened to your voice; I have not obeyed your will. God, have mercy on me, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ. Wash me clean, and forgive all my sin.”

But we also trust in the word of the Gospel:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

We pray for the peace and unity, as it was prayed at the Ecumenical service in Lund, Sweden, a year ago:

God of mercy, throughout history your goodness prevails, open the hearts of all people to find you and your mercy that endures forever.

God of peace, bend that which is inflexible, the barriers that divide. Bring peace in this world. Restore wholeness among us and show us your mercy!

God of mercy, strengthen and protect those who are persecuted for faith in you and those of other faiths who suffer persecution. Give us the courage to profess our faith. Show us your mercy!

God of love, your son Jesus reveals the mystery of love among us, strengthen that unity that you alone sustain in our diversity. Show us your mercy!

On the world scene we pray for the Rohingya people fleeing from religious violence in Myanmar: that the Kurdish and Iraq leadership will de-escalate tensions before plunging a region already ravaged by war into another conflict. Show them your love!

In our prayers we are charged to think about our Brothers and Sisters of the Order who are not well, and for others also in need of healing and comfort.

My blessings,