For many years, the Anglican Church of Australia has set aside a period of time to focus upon issues which are now called ‘reconciliation’.

Each year, the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation starts on May 27th, the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, and finishes on June 3rd, sometimes known as ‘Mabo Day’, the anniversary of the High Court’s 1992 Mabo judgment which was a major landmark in the recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia.

 

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Archbishop Philip Freier with Revd Mabuda Mamarika (left) and Revd Colleen Mamarika

 

 Archbishop of Melbourne writes...

 

National Reconciliation Week is important for all Australians, marking as it does significant times in the journey of reconciliation. Reconciliation Australia is leading the movement building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The Diocese of Melbourne is committed to establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan. We ask for prayer that true reconciliation will be achieved both in our diocese and in our nation.

I commend to you the Prayer Resources developed for the Diocese of Melbourne and encourage you to make use of them in parishes and for personal prayer.

The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier,
Archbishop of Melbourne

 

 Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017

 
 

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​The Diocese would like to keep the Week of Prayer material accurate and inclusive.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Dr Murray Seiffert
mmseiffert2@bigpond.com

 

 Acknowledgement

 
​Prayers from An Australia Prayer Book have been reproduced with the kind permission of Broughton Publishing Pty Ltd, which is the publishing arm of Anglican Church of Australia.
 

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​For many years, the Anglican Church of Australia has set aside a period of time to focus upon issues which are now called ‘reconciliation’.  Each year, the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation starts on May 27th, the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, and finishes on June 3rd, sometimes known as ‘Mabo Day’, the anniversary of the High Court’s 1992 Mabo judgment which was a major landmark in the recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia.

These materials have been prepared to assist people as they meet with God in prayer.

Each day has a different focus. The resources are often brief and may omit significant information or important people. Users of these materials are invited to make their own additions.

People are encouraged to look for Aboriginal stories in their own area. Often the local library is a good place to start.

In 1910, members of the Australian Board of Missions and the Church Missionary Society proposed that each church set aside one Sunday each year to focus on Indigenous matters.

They proposed the parishes use the following bible readings: 1 John 4:7-21 and Luke 16: 19-31. These may be used anytime, but would be appropriate for Sunday 25 May or Sunday 1 June.

 

 A Thanksgiving for Australia

 

A prayer by the Reverend Lenore Parker, an Indigenous Anglican Priest

God of holy dreaming, Great Creator Spirit
From the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and gum tree grew.
In vast deserts and dense forest, and in cities at the water's edge, creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree
you heard the cries of your people
and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, and the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew
and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
To each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit,
As we gather from the four corners of the earth;
enable us to walk together in trust
from the hurt and shame of the past
into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: A Prayer Book for Australia p.218.

 

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