Open/Close Menu Anglican church of Good Shepherd-Protea, Kirstenbosch, Newlands and Bishopscourt, Cape Town, a chapelry of St Saviours, Claremont, at the centre of reconciliation and restitution in the post-apartheid era in South Africa

Please scroll down for translations in Afrikaans and Xhosa.

 

English:

COVENTRYCATHEDRAL

The Litany of Reconciliation

Following the bombing of the mediaeval Cathedral in 1940, Provost Howard had the words ‘Father, forgive’ (Luke 23:34) inscribed on the wall behind the Altar of the ruined building.  These words are used as the response in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which is prayed in the ruins every Friday at noon, and is used throughout the world by the Community of the Cross of Nails.

 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,

Father, forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,

Father, forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,

Father, forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,

Father, forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,

Father, forgive.

The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,

Father, forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,

Father, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Afrikaans:

COVENTRY-KATEDRAAL

Die Smeekbede om Versoening

Nadat die middeleeuse Coventry-katedraal in 1940 in lugaanvalle verwoes is, het Opsiener Howard op die muur agter die altaar van die verwoeste gebou die woorde ‘Vader, vergewe” (Lukas 23:34) laat aanbring.  Hierdie woorde word gebruik as respons in Coventry se Litanie van Versoening wat elke Vrydag om twaalf-uur in die bouval van die katedraal gebid word en ook dwarsoor die wêreld deur die Gemeenskap van die Kruis van Spykers gebruik word.

Almal het gesondig en is ver van God af.

Die haat wat volk van volk, ras van ras en klas van klas skei,

Vader, vergewe.

Die inhalige begeertes van volke en nasies om te besit wat nie aan hulle behoort nie,

Vader, vergewe.

Die hebsug wat die hande-arbeid van mense uitbuit en die aarde verwoes,

Vader, vergewe.

Ons afguns ten opsigte van die welvaart en geluk van andere,

Vader, vergewe.

Ons afsydigheid ten opsigte van die lot van gevangenes, haweloses en vlugtelinge,

Vader, vergewe.

Die wellus wat die liggame van mans, vrouens en kinders onteer,

Vader, vergewe.

Die hoogmoed wat ons op onsself laat vertrou in plaas van op God,

Vader, vergewe.

Wees goedgesind en hartlik teenoor mekaar, en vergewe mekaar soos God julle ook in Christus vergewe het.

 

IsiXhosa:

IKHATHEDRALE YASEKHAVENTRI

IsiKhungo soXolelaniso

Ngowe-1940, emva kokudilizwa emfazweni kweKhathedrale yaseKhaventri eyayakhiwe kudala‑dala kumaxesha aphakathi, uMphathi-khathedrale uHoward ubhale amazwi athi ‘Bawo, xolela’ eludongeni olungasemva kwesibingelelo selo nxuwa lekhathedrale.  La mazwi ke asetyenziswa eyimpendulo kwiLitani yoXolelaniso yaseKhaventri ethandazwa emini emaqanda wonke uLwesihlanu kwelo nxuwa lekhathedrale, sikhungo eso esisetyenziswa nakwihlabathi-jikelele liBandla loMnqamlezo weziKhonkwane.

Bonke bonile; bayalabalaba kubuqaqawuli ababulungiselelwe nguThixo.

Intiyo eyahlula isizwe kwesinye isizwe, uhlanga kolunye uhlanga, iqela kwelinye iqela,

Bawo, xolela.

Iminqweno engendawo yabantu nezizwe befuna ukufumana izinto ezingezozabo.

Bawo, xolela.

Ukubawa okuxhaphaza umsebenzi wezandla zabantu kuwushiye umhlaba udlakadlaka,

Bawo, xolela.

Umona xa sibona intlalo-ntle nolonwabo lwabanye,

Bawo, xolela.

Ukubafulethela kwethu amabanjwa nabangenamakhaya neembacu,

Bawo, xolela.

Inkanuko eyonakalisa imizimba yamadoda nabafazi nabantwana,

Bawo, xolela.

Ikratshi elisenza sizithembe ngokwethu endaweni yokuthermba uThixo,

Bawo, xolela.

Yenzelanani ububele, nixolelane, kwanjengokuba naye uThixo wanixolelayo ngoKrestu.

 

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