As the Anglican Church of Australia prepares for its final hearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, beginning in Sydney on Friday, the Centre for Public Christianity has written the following prayer for the Royal Commission.
Lord of truth and grace,
hear our prayers for the Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Grant the Commissioners wisdom and strength,
the patience to weigh testimony,
insight to pose questions,
and success in all their deliberations
for the health of our nation.
Above all, most merciful Father,
grant to victims of abuse
the courage to tell their stories,
strength to endure pain,
and healing for their wounds.
In their sorrow, give them your peace.
And refine your people, Sovereign Lord.
By the light of your truth expose in full
the darkness in our institutions.
Inspire remorse and establish justice.
By your Spirit renew us,
for the good of all
and the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
(Prepared for Australian churches and Christian organisations by the Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney)