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A Canada Day Litany

I wrote the following litany for Yorkminster Park's celebration in worship of Canada's 150th anniversary.   It is rooted in Psalm 72 and in particular, as is Canada's motto, on verse 8.  

Canada Day Litany

Leader: The dominion is yours O God from sea to sea to sea 

People: We commit Canada to your care and offer for her our prayer.

Leader: We thank you that from west of the Rockies to east of the Laurentians, 

this land is blessed with majestic beauty and great abundance

People: We thank you for a land of fertile soils, flowing rivers and clear lakes 

Leader: We thank you for all who came before us in search of a better country

People: And for the work of their hands and the faith of their hearts. 

Leader: We thank you for our first nations and their reverence for you O Creator

People: Forgive us our trespasses and bring healing and reconciliation.   

Leader: We thank you for our institutions offering health care and education for all 

People: We pray for all who serve the public for the common good and for our leaders

Leader: We pray for the Queen, our Prime Minister, Premier and Mayor 

People: Grant wisdom and clarity to all our elected officials and to our judiciary

Leader: We give you thanks for the opportunity to welcome refugees and immigrants

People: Enable us to shine as a beacon of light and truth, of love and hope 

Leader: We thank you for the peace of our home and native land 

People: And for all who gave their lives and for those who continue to protect our nation.

Leader: We pray that you would keep this land glorious and free 

People: And that we would give you dominion from sea to sea to sea

Leader: And may our children and our children's children prosper in this land 

People: And be one in faith, hope and charity, to your honour and glory O God. 

Grace and Peace,



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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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