The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation

The words ‘Father Forgive’ are used as the response¬† in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, written by Canon Joseph Poole in 1958, which is prayed in the new Cathedral every weekday at noon, and throughout the world by partners in the Community of the Cross of Nails.

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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.