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"The revolutions that count come silently, come first in the heart... Revolutions of this magnitude do not overturn a system and then shape it. They reshape thought, and then the system overturns without the firing of a single cannon. Revolutions such as this dismantle walls people thought would never fall because no wall, whatever its size, can contain a people whose minds have long ago scaled and vaulted and surmounted it."
(Heart of Flesh, p.172, Joan D. Chittister)

"God sat at the organ of possibilities and improvised the world. Poor creatures that we are, we men can only hear the vox humana. If that is so beautiful, how glorious the Whole must be."
-- Carl Ludwig Schleich

"...And straw like gold shall shine; a barn shall harbor heaven, a stall become a shrine." -- Richard Wilber (from hymn #104)

"Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God." -- Meister Eckhart

"The creatures of the sense world signify the invisible attributes of God, partly because God is the origin, exemplar and end of every creature, and every effect is a sign of its cause, the exemplification of the exemplar and the path to the end, to which it leads....For every creature is by its nature a kind of effigy and likeness of the eternal Wisdom. Therefore, open your eyes, alert the ears of your spirit, open your lips and apply your heart so that in all creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and worship, glorify and honour your God lest the whole world rise against you." -- St. Bonaventure, from The Soul's Journey to God

"Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Evil is OK as long as it benefits the evildoer."
-- from a phone conversation with someone who paraphrased Norm Phelps

"Nonhumans will continue to be exploited until there is a revolution of the human spirit, and that will not happen without visionaries trying to change the paradigm that has become accustomed to and tolerant of patriarchal violence."
-- Gary Francione, law professor

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
-- Albert Schweitzer

"Some Romans carried water in urns.
Some found it painfully slow.
Sometimes it's not enough to just go with the flow."
-- from an advertisement for Continental Resources, Inc. (with pictures of a water jug and an aquaduct)

"Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
--St. Francis of Assisi

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
--Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks."
-- Tennessee Williams, dramatist (1911-1983)

"Serving is not about ability, it's about availability."
-- Anonymous

"Live simply, that others may simply life." [seen on a T-shirt]

"A hamburger stops a beating heart." [seen on a T-shirt]

"A faithful friend is a strong protection. A person who has found one has found a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, And his value cannot be weighed. A faithful friend is a life-giving medicine." -- quoted from the Apocrypha in Goodbye, Friend, by Gary Kowalski

"Until we establish a felt sense of kinship between our own species and those fellow mortals who share with us the sun and shadow of life on this agonized planet, there is no hope for other species, there is no hope for the environment, and there is no hope for ourselves." -- Jon Wynne-Tyson

"We may pretend to what religion we please, but cruelty is atheism. We may boast of Christianity; but cruelty is infidelity. We may trust our orthodoxy; but cruelty is the worst of heresies." -- Humphrey Primatt, Anglican priest, from A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and the Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals (1776)

"Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight.... Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God's absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering."
-- The Rev. Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD

"For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight." -- Ancient Chinese verse

"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures." -- The Dalai Lama

"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." -- Plutarch

"To shut your mind, heart, imagination to the sufferings of others is to begin slowly but inexorably to die. It is to cease by inches from being human, to become in the end capable of nothing, generous or unselfish- or sometimes capable of anything, however terrible." -- John Austin Baker (Bishop of Salisbury), Sermon on the World Day of Prayer for Animals, 4 October 1986

"We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away." -- Plutarch, biographer (c. 46-120)

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." -- William Pitt, British prime-minister (1759-1806)

"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -- Elie Wiesel

"As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis." -- Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer, Nobel laureate, (1904-1991)

"Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God...there is something so dreadful, so Satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power." -- Cardinal John Henry Newman

"To stand for Christ is to stand against evil of cruelty inflicted on those who are weak, vulnerable, unprotected, undefended, morally innocent, and in that class we must unambiguously include animals." -- The Rev. Andrew Linzey, Anglican priest

"We are compelled by the commandment of love contained in our hearts and thought, and proclaimed by Jesus, to give rein to our natural sympathy for animals. We are also compelled to help them and spare them suffering." -- Albert Schweitzer

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." --Mignon McLaughlin, author

"You are not required to complete the task of repairing the world, neither are you free to abstain from it." -- Pirke Avot

"So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world." -- Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)

"The creatures man uses and, so often abuses, are voiceless and helpless. We are not. We have pens with which to write to politicians and retailers, voices with which to speak out, shopping choices which can have a major impact on the outcome of the debate, organisations to join, even, on appropriate occasions, banners to carry." -- Rt Rev Richard Llewellin, Bishop at Lambeth:

"Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praise all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise, and Allah knows well all that they do." -- Sura 24:41

"There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end." -- Sura 6:38

"But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear of, their oppressors, animals would never be a part of a circus." � Richard Pryor

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter." -- African proverb

"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity." -- George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese." -- Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

"While so much ill-treatment of animals goes on, while the moans of thirsty animals in railway trucks sound unheard, while so much brutality prevails in our slaughterhouses . . . we all bear guilt. Everything that lives has value as a living thing, as one of the manifestations of the mystery that is life." -- Albert Schweitzer

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." -- Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (1928- )

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

"Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty." -- Stanislaw J. Lee

"In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place." -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots." -- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." -- Mark Twain, U.S. Author (1835-1910)

"We need to bring home to people that all cruel behaviour, whoever or whatever the victims, is the expression of a deep evil flaw in human nature, and that all who oppose and fight it, in whatever form, are crusading against a curse that could destroy us all. " � Bishop John Austin Baker, U.K.

"Every civilizing step in history has been ridiculed as 'sentimental', 'impractical', or 'womanish', etc., by those whose fun, profit or convenience was at stake." --Joan Gilbert (1931- )

"Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, trade places, their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection, for in a way, they are us, and we are them." --Philip Ochoa, Board Member, ALL FOR ANIMALS from

"[T]hose who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people everywhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests; moreover, since a vegetarian diet is cheaper than one based on meat dishes, they would have more money available to devote to famine relief, population control, or whatever social or political cause they thought most urgent. �[W]hen non-vegetarians say that "human problems come first," I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals." --Peter Singer

"Flesh eating is unprovoked murder." -- Ben Franklin

"While we are the living graves of murdered beasts, slaughtered to satisfy our appetites, how can we expect ideal conditions on this earth." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) - Playwright and Critic

"When a human being kills an animal for food, he is neglecting his own hunger for justice. Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others. Why the should man expect mercy from God? It is unfair to expect something that you are not willing to give." -- Isaac B. Singer

"A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butchers stall passes as food." -- J. H. Kellogg

"It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures." -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

"I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil." -- Charles Mayo (founder of the Mayo Clinic)

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places." -- Leonardo Da Vinci

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind." -- Albert Einstein

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." -- Albert Einstein

"All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals." -- Peter Singer

"I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals. After all, the same fate awaits man and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an animal, because life has no meaning for either. They are both going to the same place - the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it. How can anyone be sure that a man's spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground?" (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 TEV)

"The body which is burdened with meat is afflicted with diseases. A moderate way of living makes the body healthier and stronger and cuts off the root of evil. The stream of meat meals darkens the light of the spirit. One can hardly have virtue if one enjoys meat meals and feasts." -- St. Basilius the Great

"The debauchery in meat meals is an infamous injustice." -- St. Gregory of Nazianzen

"As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out." -- Alice Walker

"Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? � It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless,tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being." -- Plutarch

"There were some sailors in a boat, which started to ship water. One sailor began to dig a hole under his seat to let the water out. The others stopped him at once. He was very surprised and rather angry. 'What right have you got to stop me?' he said. 'I was digging a hole under my seat, not yours.'" � Jewish parable

"We cannot treat any living thing callously, and we are responsible for what happens to other beings, human or animal, even if we do not personally come into contact with them." -- Rabbi Pinchas Peli

"Not to hurt our humble brethren [the animals] is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service to them whenever they require it." -- St. Francis of Assisi

:"[St. Francis] looked upon creation with the eyes of one who could recognize in it the marvelous work of the hand of God. His solicitous care, not only towards men, but also towards animals is a faithful echo of the love with which God in the beginning pronounced his 'fiat' which brought them into existence. We too are called to a similar attitude." -- Pope John Paul II

"To one whose mind is free, there is something even more intolerable in the suffering of animals than in the sufferings of humans. For with the latter, it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the person who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any person were to refer to it, they would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God." -- Romain Rolland (from his 1915 Nobel Prizewinning novel, Jean-Christophe)

"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes - by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for 'Peace on Earth'." -- from the preface to Old MacDonald`s Factory Farm, by C. David Coats

"The violence done to Lebanon shall sweep over you. the havoc done to its beasts shall break your own spirit." -- Hab. 2:17

"For the violence done in Lebanon is going to overwhelm you, So will the slaughter of its terrified beasts." -- Hab. 2:17 JB

"The present-day mentality, more perhaps than that of people in the past, seems opposed to a God of mercy, and in fact tends to exclude from life and to remove from the human heart the very idea of mercy. The word and the concept of 'mercy' seem to cause uneasiness in man, who, thanks to the enormous development of science and technology, never before known in history, has become master of the earth and has subdued and dominated it. This dominion over the earth, sometimes understood in a one-sided and superficial way, seems to leave no room for mercy...."
-- Pope John Paul II, from The Mercy of God

"Americans consume, on average, 51 pounds of chicken every year, 15 pounds of turkey, 63 pounds of beef, 45 pounds of pork, 1 pound of veal, and 1 pound of lamb. 'More than ever,' reports our U.S. Department of Agriculture, 'we are a nation of meat eaters.' And now, with help from Dr. Atkins and his wonder diet, we have millions of consumers gorging themselves on nothing but flesh, one excess to correct their other excesses -- no thought whatever of taking their portion of meat even if we grant that meat production and the sufferings involved are necessary."
-- Matthew Scully, from Dominion [USDA references are from the Agriculture Fact Book, 1998, pg. 8]

"...[I]t is a terrible thing that religious people today can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear the call to mercy. They above all should have some kindness to spare. They above all should be mindful of the little things, seeing, in the suffering of these creatures, the same hand that has chosen all the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the things which are strong. 'Who so poor,' asked Anna Kingsford more than a century ago, 'so oppressed, so helpless, so mute and uncared for, as the dumb creatures who serve us -- they who, but for us, must starve, and who have no friend on earth if man be their enemy?'"
-- Matthew Scully, from Dominion

"God, who in creating saw that His creation was good, is the source of joy for all creatures, and above all for humankind. God the Creator seems to say of all creation: 'It is good that you exist.' And His joy spreads especially through the 'good news,' according to which good is greater than all that is evil in the world,,,, Creation was given and entrusted to humankind as a duty, representing not a source of suffering but the foundation of a creative existence in the world."
-- Pope John Paul II, from Crossing the Threshold of Hope

"Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing." - Moby

"Christian theology provides some of the best arguments for respecting animal life and for taking seriously animals as partners with us within God's creation. It may be ironical that this tradition, once thought of as the bastion of human moral exclusivity, should now be seen as the seed-bed for a creative understanding of animal liberation."
--The Rev. Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD

"By becoming a vegetarian out of ethical concern for animals, one ceases to contribute to roughly 90 percent of all animal cruelty, abuse and killing in the United States."
-- Vasu Murti

"Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance."
-- unknown origin

"The existence of organized cruelty - that is, cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means of a higher goal - is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization."
-- Clare Booth Luce

"The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in the great suffering of animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit."
-- Ashley Montagu

"Alas, what wickedness to have one living creature fed by the death of the midst of such wealth as Earth, the best of Mothers, provides."
-- Pythagoras

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
-- Samuel Butler

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."
-- Scott Adams

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
-- Ben Williams

"A single voice may not be heard, but the voices of many cannot be ignored. "
-- Author Unknown

"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I only have photographs of her."
-- Ellen DeGeneres

"There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning at the stake in the name of religion."
-- Prof. Henry J. Bigelow, M.D.

"Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,'
you can take it they are about to do something cruel.
And if they add, 'We must be realistic,'
they mean they are going to make money out of it."
-- Brigid Brophy

"Why do we make one reform topic a hobby and forget all others? Mercy, Prohibition, Vegetarianism, Woman's Suffrage and Peace would make Old Earth a paradise, and yet the majority advocate but one, if any, of these."
-- Flora T. Neff

"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."
-- Mark Twain

"I hate, despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream."
-- attributed to God (Amos 5:21-24)

"The essence of Wink's thought revolves around 'redemptive violence,' the belief that 'violence saves.' The powers Wink engages are those which employ violence to maintain their dominance. This dominance of violence, ranging from literal torture and death to softer forms of humiliation and degradation, are described as the explicit focus of Jesus' life and message. His death, rather than being a violent appeasement of a blood-thirsty God, is revealed as the only nonviolent means of defeating the powers - embracing the unjust suffering of violence as a means of bringing humiliation and reproach to the powerful."
-- Peter A. Kindle (excerpt from a book review of The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium, by Walter Wink)

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not better for it."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"Institutional Christianity seems fearful of inquiry, fearful of freedom, fearful of knowledge -- indeed, fearful of anything except its own repetitious propaganda, which has its origins in a world that none of us any longer inhabits."
-- Bishop Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
-- Jesus (according to Luke 12:32)

"Animal rights has never been about equal rights, but about least harm and rights as fits the species. So a chicken does not need the right to vote, but perhaps should have the right to spread her wings, which is a right that is not applicable to humans."
-- Gary Loewenthal


"O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, even our brothers, the animals, to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us. We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of pain. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life." -- St. Basil

"Hear our prayer O Lord ... for animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death.... And for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us true friends of the animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful." -- Albert Schweitzer

"Great God make us friends of the animals. Make us responsible co-inhabitants with them of this fruitful planet. In our dealings with animals, may we be generous; may we exercise our power with compassion and avoid brutality; may we never debase them; may we never use their flesh or their skins wastefully to enhance our appearance; may we respect their right to a good life in their own habitat. In our dealings with animals may we remember that all life is mysterious and precious and God-given and that we are honored and blessed by their presence among us." -- the Reverend Tarbox

"Lord, help me to become the person my dog believes me to be." -- Canon Charles Martin of Washington, D.C.

"Let your continual mercy, O Lord, kindle in your Church the never-failing gift of love, that, following the example of your servant William Wilberforce, we may have grace to defend the poor, and maintain the cause of those who have no helper; for the sake of him who gave his life for us, your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." -- Lesser Feast and Fasts, pg. 311 (July 30 -- William Wilberforce -- co-founder of the RSPCA)

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[BCP page 279]

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your creatures; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for those in Captivity

In darkest night, blessed God, be near us and those in captivity for whom we pray. Quiet their hearts from fear and despair with the comfort of your presence. Keep them in hope and good courage. Turn the hearts and hands of their captors from violence and hate. Speedily bring those we love to liberation and homecoming. And do not forsake us in the time of waiting and great distress, we pray through Jesus your child, who also was led captive and in whom our souls find eternal freedom. Amen.

In loving kindness You have redeemed us again and again,
In loving kindness You brought forth Your creatures before Adam,
and not one was afraid;
In loving kindness You instructed Noah to build an ark
and save each kind from among Your creatures.
Neither are we so hardhearted as
to believe that the earth was created
for us alone....
Out of the dark and out of formlessness
You brought forth life;
Teach us to know Your greatness by Your creatures,
That Your tender mercy is upon them all,
Teach us to live likewise
So that every living creature,
Every beast of the field and fowl of the air
May praise You, and our voice be among them.

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