My parish is having a prayer vigil for Sudan today. I wrote prayers using the themes of the stained glass windows, matted them, and placed them in the windowsills, so that people could walk around the nave and read them.
In one of the Mary windows, I requested she join her voice in prayer for Sudan; if your theology does not encompass such a request, just disregard it, please.–JW
Madonna and Child
Our Father in heaven,
Oh, for the mothers and children of Sudan! Smeared and shrugged at, hungry and desolate, the pawns of political violence. Do not let the little ones be abandoned. Keep them safe, we implore You. Amen.
Your heart and DNA received God without fully apprehending the mystery of what was happening. Mary, we ask you to pray that the co-heirs of Christ Jesus in Sudan will humbly receive their identity in Him even when they do not fully comprehend the meaning of their call.
Two panels–boy Jesus and Jesus as monarch
You are the boy Prince, the Prince of Peace, Faithful and True. The Word of God with head full-crowned, You ride at the head of the angel armies. You are the blessed and only Potentate, the Lord of lords, and the King of kings, dwelling in light unapproachable, dwelling in glory over Sudan. Ride down! Ride down in glory to this land. Amen.
The Good Shepherd
You are the Good Shepherd. You know each of Your sheep by name. You go before them. The sheep follow You for they know Your voice.
Go before Your children in Southern Sudan. Speak to them and show them the way forward.
We also beseech You to speak to the intercessors for Sudan and teach them how to pray. Amen.
Two panels–A shepherd with a flock of sheep and an angel
Our Father in heaven,
The earth is Yours and the fullness thereof. The beasts of the forest, the fowls of the mountains, and the cattle upon a thousand hills belong to You.
The heavens declare Your righteousness. Angels proclaim Your holiness in neverending chorus. You command the hosts of heaven.
All things in Sudan, the heavens, the earth, and that which is under the earth belong to You. You are sovereign over the land and the heavens above. You are sovereign over its wealth. You are sovereign over its citizens, and You are sovereign over the referendum on January 9.
We cry out for the establishment of Your kingdom in Southern Sudan. Commission Your holy angels to carry out Your will as it is in heaven. Amen.
Psalm 50, Revelation 5:8
Two panels–Jesus knocking at the door and Jesus with children
You said, “Let the children come to me.” We lift up the prayers of the children of Sudan as an invitation. Go to those children, place Your hands on their heads, and bless them. They give You their trust; grant them Your blessings in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Let none be lost. Amen.
Matthew 19:13-14, Luke 6:38
Garden of Gethsemane
The two epoch turns in the history of the free will of mankind—Eve’s defiance by eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and Your obedience by becoming the sacrifice without blemish—took place in a garden. I pray that Southern Sudan will be like a garden—King Solomon’s garden–the hearts of the people like wells of living waters, their souls landscaped with pomegranates, camphire, trees of frankincense, spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, myrrh and aloes. May Southern Sudan be the Holy of Holies, where love for You burns purest and brightest, without wavering, every heart a mercy seat shielded by the wings of angels.
Your children in Sudan are in great peril, Lord. Send Your Holy Spirit to blow through this people and stir a sweet smelling aroma. May their words and actions be a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. Amen.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16, Song of Solomon 4:12-16
Jesus before Pontius Pilate
Oh, the magnitude of meekness! Bruised and scourged, You suffered for our transgressions, indeed for the transgressions of Sudan. The cross, the cords, the nails, the spear, the myrrh, the gall, the vinegar were endured for this land. You who knew no sin were made to be sin for us all and for the people of Sudan. May Sudan be made the righteousness of God in You. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:11
Mary Magdalene and the resurrected Jesus
For millennia the land of Southern Sudan has known violence, slavery, and paganism. As we look at Your rising from the tomb, witnessed by Mary Magdalene, from whom You cleansed seven demons, we ask for Your perfect cleansing of this land. Amen.
Luke 8:1-2, John 20:17-18
Your victory over death has cancelled the legal demands in force against us. You have canceled all the regulations, decrees, and demands against Your children in Sudan. You have triumphed over the principalities and powers that are ranged against Southern Sudan. You have ascended on high and are seated at the right hand of the Father in realms of everlasting day. May the Father’s kingdom come and His will be done in Southern Sudan as it is in heaven. Amen.