Prayers for the people of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Dear Friends,

I am writing to ask you to please hold in your prayers the people of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The Brazilian Government has deployed the army to enforce security in the city over concerns of increasing crime and violence [read more].

The people of the Diocese of Ontario and the people of the Anglican Church in Brazil have enjoyed a special friendship over many years, with clergy and lay people visiting here and return visits to Brazil enjoyed on many occasions.

These relationships grew during our time of companionship with the Diocese of South West Brazil but we have also enjoyed close relationship with Anglican clergy and lay people in the Diocese of Rio De Janeiro over the years as well. One of our clergy, Rev. Greg Long of St. Alban’s Odessa, is also an Honourary Canon of the cathedral in Rio de Janeiro.

We were pleased to welcome the Primate of Brazil, Archbishop Francisco Da Silva and his wife Talita to our diocese for synod in 2014. Francisco has written about the seriousness and implications of the governments’ action. I have written to him to assure him of our support and prayers and in reply thanking us for this prayerful support he also notes: “Rio de Janeiro is in a very difficult time and the solution is not a military intervention, but serious social policies to overcome high inequality!”

Let us pray for those working to find solutions based on justice, the rule of law and respect for fundamental human rights. Especially we pray for peace:

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wrath’s and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts; through your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Yours in the Peace of Christ,

Bishop Michael