We must pray for our enemies

The church of Dedworth was another to have strong religious views. The incumbent advised, in the magazine the church shared with Clewer St Andrew, that prayer should be for the enemy as well as for our own side:

Our minds are naturally filled with one great subject – the War – and so much has already been said and written to help us how we should act during this time, it seems difficult to add anything further. But one or two thoughts about our prayers: How real they do seem to be now: we can realize better the duty and privilege of offering up to Almighty God, intercessions on behalf of our dear ones, our land, our empire – we feel how earnestly we can plead for justice, and peace with honour.

What do we pray for? ]

(1) That all may be carried out according to the will of God, and that His love may be made manifest, and clear throughout the world. We hope for victory, but that too we must leave to the decree of God.
(2) For all engaged in the war in any way; remember as Christians we are bound to pray for all, whether fighting for, or against us.
(3) For our empire, that selfishness and greed may disappear, and all may be self-controlled, and thoughtful for others.

How should we pray?
(1) Not with pride, or with any spirit of boastful assurance on account of the greatness, and power of our empire, but with the utmost humbleness, confessing our sins, asking pardon of God for our own, and our nation’s short-comings.
(2) We should surely try to be present, at any rate, as often as we can, at the Holy Eucharist. It is at that service all the Catholic Church of Christ meet at the great Prayer Meeting at the great Service of Intercession.

Clewer St Andrew parish magazine, September 1914 (D/P39/28A/9)

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