Mother Forgive Them

(Adapted from an East London-Eastern Cape ecumenical service on gender based violence)

 

This prayer of anger, confession and intercession can be adapted to open space for any members of the worship to express their pain and anger…. To include any clause…  

Those that sexually harass the weak

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that spit on my body

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that condemn me for loose living

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that cast me out for having left my abusive husband

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that judge me with pious words

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that delay in treating me

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that exploit my illness for profit and gain

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that prevaricate and analyse endlessly

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that fight for power but not for those who suffer

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that squabble about anti-retroviral drugs

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those who reject and persecute me because of my sexuality

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that speak in hushed tones and whispers

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that erect barbed wire around us

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do

Those that submerge me under a mountain of statistics

Mother forgive them

For they know not what they do