#CandleofJustice Prayer Event and Ecumenical Service

Candle of Justice prayer

Join together in prayer and take part in an ecumenical service to mark the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis USA.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have created two events to mark the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis USA. The horrific event, which was captured on video by bystanders and shared widely on social media, shocked people across the world and sparked efforts to address racial injustice in many countries.

The ecumenical group of churches is marking the anniversary by issuing an invitation to prayer on Tuesday 25 May at noon. Participants are asked to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking action. They are calling the event the Candle of Justice Prayer initiative.

The second event is an ecumenical service, Doing Justice: A Service of Reflection on the Anniversary of the murder of George FloydThe socially distanced service, featuring the New Testament Church of God Church in Brixton, London, will include the voices of Rev Dr John McPake and Rev Mandy Ralph from the Church of Scotland, along with contributions from Archbishop Stephen Cotterill, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Pastor Agu Irukwu, Bishop Sarah Mullally, Revd Inderjit Bhogal and many others from across Britain and Ireland.

The service will be available to watch on the Churches’ YouTube channel from 7pm on 25 May. It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am on Sunday 30 May for its Sunday Worship programme.

You can find out more on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website.

The Candle of Justice Prayer

O Lord, you are a God of justice –
may we share your passion for justice,
which can be seen throughout the Bible.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
enable us to stand up for justice
and stand against intolerance.

Thank you that you love each person,
made in the image of God.
Change our hearts to see others as you do.
Allow our hearts to break over the sin of racism,
and our lament to turn into righteous action.
Amen.