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Prayer for Canada, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (1993)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=40845 Prayer for Canada, by Rabbi Victor Reinstein (1993) 2021-11-23 18:57:49 A prayer on behalf of Canada: its government, its leaders, and its people. Text the Open Siddur Project Victor Reinstein Victor Reinstein https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Victor Reinstein https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Government & Country Canada 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer Canada
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Our God and God of our ancestors,
in Whose image all people are created:
Receive with compassion our prayer on behalf of our country,
its government, its leaders, and its people.

Bless the rich tapestry of our Canadian diversity,
the many strands of race and creed, of culture and language,
that we may know the blessing of unity through diversity.
May all the peoples of our country
learn and teach the ways of their ancestors
and share them proudly.
May we honour with humility those who first dwelled on this land,[1] The text read in the Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, British Columbia, is “May we honour with humility the Lekwungen People…”  
and learn from them the sacredness of earth and sky and water.

Compassionate One,
teach us Your way of compassion.
Bless and preserve the caring spirit of our country
and the institutions that translate spirit into action.
May it never again be that “none is too many”
for any people seeking refuge in our land of plenty.

Banish hatred and despair and cynicism,
that peace and harmony may flourish among us.
May our country be an influence for good within the family of nations,
a voice of conscience,
and a leader in seeking peace and pursuing it.
And let us say: Amen.

This prayer for Canada was written by Rabbi Victor Reinstein in the early 1990s during his tenure as rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, British Columbia (from 1982-1998). The prayer is in use by several other congregations in Canada. In Victoria, the prayer has been slightly edited to include names of local indigenous peoples.

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A Prayer for Our Country (Congregation Emanu-El, Victoria B.C.)

 

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Notes
1 The text read in the Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, British Columbia, is “May we honour with humility the Lekwungen People…”

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