The recent report on Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report highlighted the horrendous treatment of vulnerable women and children throughout the 20th century and even in recent months. This was a failure on the State, the Church and society and an atrocious abuse of power. We believe that God’s heart is broken at what was often done in His name and now is not the time to remain silent in the Church but to both respond practically (please see above resource) and in prayer.
Sometimes it is hard to know how to pray. This is a liturgy of lament for the broken body of Christ, in which all members of the body of Christ can name their feelings anger, disillusionment, sadness, confusion in a faith filled context with the hope of an encounter with the transformative Spirit of God. The focus is on the actual victims and survivors of the Mother and Baby home, but at the same time be expansive enough to include others.
The resources include lament, silence, confession, intercession, reflection on repentance, and a closing commitment. At this time it isn’t possible to meet in person to do this but you might want to use this resource in your congregations and communities either online or encouraging people at home to set some time aside to pray.