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Prayers for the Holy Land over Christmas

Prayers for the Holy Land over Christmas

Anglican Communion News Service

21 December 2023 2:07PM

We continue to pray without ceasing for peace in the Holy Land. We pray also for the Church there - for Archbishop Hosam, the clergy and all people - that they may be safe as they prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Amen 

Christmas Eve Prayer

In his Christmas letter, Archbishop Hosam invites us to reflect on the Lord Jesus Christ “as well as on the condition prevailing in the land at that time. They were no better than the circumstances here today,” he said. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, bringing light into a dark and conflicted world, so we pray for all those affected by the conflict raging in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the world. Lord, bring the light and peace of Christ to reign on earth. Amen.

Christmas Day - A prayer from Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem

Let us pray,
O God of all justice and peace, we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land. Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths - Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land. While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call to you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children - for to all of us you are our Heavenly Father. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

The Anglican Alliance is in touch with a range of international partners around the Anglican Communion. Please continue to hold the Diocese of Jerusalem and the people of the Holy Land in your prayers and support the Diocese of Jerusalem appeal if you are able. Those receiving funds for the Diocese of Jerusalem appeal include: 

Aotearoa/New Zealand/Polynesia:
Anglican Missions 

Anglican Board of Mission Anglicans in Development 

Anglican Overseas Aid 

Canadian Companions of the Diocese of Jerusalem 

Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund 

Evangelische Mission in Solidarität (EMS) 

The Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association 


Friends of the Holy Land (Joint Anglican-Roman Catholic charity) 

Episcopal Relief & Development 

The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem


Contact email for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: [email protected]