A prayer for the Channel Tunnel
Father God, in the beginning,
you gathered the waters in one place to let dry lands appear.
In latter times,
you parted the waters to let your people pass into freedom;
you led your people with a pillar of fire in the darkness.
â€˜When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you:
when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon you.â€™
â€˜Fear not: for I am with you.â€™
We thank you for all this
and commit our journey today into your mighty hands.
Lord, have mercy; Christ, prends pitiÃ©; Heer, ontferm u over ons.
Christ our Saviour, we remember your people
who entered the catacombs in the hope of rising to the light.
They knew, as David knew,
that you hear them when they cry out of the depths.
That if they ascend up into heaven, you are there:
if they make their beds in the depths, you are there also.
If they take the wings of the morning,
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
even there shall your hand lead them,
and your right hand shall hold them.
Seigneur, prends pitiÃ©; Christus, ontferm u over ons; Lord, have mercy.
we remember your coming on Pentecost, as tongues of fire
completing the blessing of diversity and reconciliation that started in Babel.
We remember your saints in these several lands,
of various traditions, but united as one in the Communion of Christ.
Among these, we particularly remember
all the pilgrims who followed the examples of Saint James and Saint Augustine,
who knew how to walk with you and spread your Good News in these lands.
Bless those whose hands and minds built this Tunnel.
Bless those who care for us on the trip.
Bless those who manage and operate the the trains.
Bless our journey and our fellow travellers.
Heer, ontferm u over ons; Christ, have mercy; Seigneur, prends pitiÃ©.
(See also last Januaryâ€™s litany for transport.)
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