Like last year, I’m making a church service for Transgender Day of Remembrance. In my research I found some prayers I would like to share with you:
A Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance
God of creation, Source of life,
we behold your newness with each new day.
We watch how the seasons transition
from winter to spring to summer to fall
and then the cycle is renewed.
Your creative process of life
is ever before us in all its diversity
and human life is no exception.
As we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance,
we pray with thanksgiving
for those whose lives have been cut short
by fear, hatred, and violence
because they were perceived to be different,
because they had the courage to live their lives
with integrity and openness,
because they did not conform
to someone else’s view of how they should live.
We remember and give thanks
for the seasons of their lives,
for the love and friendships they shared
and the ways in which their living
has been a gift to us all.
Be present to those of us who are grieving,
may your peace rest on us.
Be present to those of us who are angry,
may the power of your love inspire and embolden us
to use our anger to dismantle hate,
the fear of difference and all that incites violence.
And send us out into the world
with the wisdom and guidance of your Spirit
and with evangelical courage
that we may work in solidarity with one another
to build your community of welcome, justice and peace.
We pray in the name of the Christ, who transforms the world. Amen.
Prayer by Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer,
Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2006
Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance (Jewish)
God full of mercy, bless the souls of all who are in our hearts on this Transgender Day of Remembrance. We call to mind today young and old, of every race, faith, and gender experience, who have died by violence. We remember those who have died because they would not hide, or did not pass, or did pass, or stood too proud. Today we name them: the reluctant activist; the fiery hurler of heels; the warrior for quiet truth; the one whom no one really knew.
As many as we can name, there are thousands more whom we cannot, and for whom no Kaddish may have been said. We mourn their senseless deaths, and give thanks for their lives, for their teaching, and for the brief glow of each holy flame. We pray for the strength to carry on their legacy of vision, bravery, and love.
And as we remember them, we remember with them the thousands more who have taken their own lives. We pray for resolve to root out the injustice, ignorance, and cruelty that grow despair. And we pray, God, that all those who perpetrate hate and violence will speedily come to understand that Your creation has many faces, many genders, many holy expressions.
Blessed are they, who have allowed their divine image to shine in the world.
Blessed is God, in Whom no light is extinguished.
One: God of endless mercy.
People: Hear our prayer.
One: O that you would break through the heavens and come down.
People: O that you would speak the word that ends violence and hatred. With your hand take away the devastation placed upon our transgender community.
One: When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down. The mountains quaked with your presence.
People: Now we quake with a violence that ravages bodies, families, churches, communities, and our world.
One: Have you hidden your face from us, God?
People: Thousands have died. Thousands will die. Hundreds are orphaned. So many are at risk.
One: After all this, will you restrain yourself, O God? Will you keep silent?
People: O God, your trans children are living with violence, and the violence is not silent.
One: The sound of violence and hate can be heard in the cries of the children, mothers, fathers, partners, friends, and all those who have lost loved ones to this savageness.
People: O God, your trans children are living with violence and hatred, and this violence and hatred is not silent.
One: The sounds of violence and hatred can be heard in every land and every language on earth.
People: We watch this violence grow every year, reaching all parts of the globe. We feel helpless to stop it.
One: At times we push away the violence and hatred done to the trans community. We deny its effect on us. We cover our heads, our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. But still it grows.
People: After all this, will we restrain ourselves? Will we remain silent?
One: O God, that you would break through the heavens and come down.
People: Break through our silence, God. Help us lend our voices to our sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, children, friends, and all those living with the challenges of transition.
One: We light candles. Let them lift our hopes.
People: Let them also light our hands as we work, educate, act, and care to stop violence and hatred towards the trans community.
One: On this day, God, end our silence. On this day, end our fear and begin anew our fight for life that is full and productive.
People: Replace the sound of this evil with the sound of our voices speaking out, lifting up, teaching, demanding change.
One: God, give us the strength and conviction to be the hope we seek in the world.
People: God, break through into the world through us. Help us end the silence; help us be the word that is the end of violence and hatred towards our sisters and brothers in the transgender community. Amen
By Rev. Paul Turner, found here
Some of my own prayers will be posted in Norwegian