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2009 Prières de la région du Pacifique

Un temps pour la Création 2009

Prières de la région du Pacifique

Dieu d'amour,

donne-nous une parole dans nos luttes.
Donne-nous davantage de rames pour que nous puissions nous rencontrer.
Mets la paix dans nos cœurs, dans nos oreilles et dans nos yeux,
afin que nous sachions pardonner et aimer notre prochain et notre ennemi.
Seigneur, donne-nous la possibilité de racheter le Fonua*
et de retrouver le paradis

Pasteur Valamotu Palu, Fidji
(source: Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: In God's Hands)

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Fonua: la terre et ses habitants en langue tonga

Lord of the Fonua

You have blessed us with the beauty of our lands and sea
You have blessed us with fish, shells and mighty whales
You have blessed us with palms and coconut trees
You have blessed us with children of the Pacific
Glory be to your name, today and forever

Rev. Valamotu Palu, Fiji
(source: Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: In God's Hands)

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Fonua: land and people in Tongan language

O God,

save our shores from the weapons of death,
our lands from the things that deny our young ones love and freedom.
Let the seas of the Pacific Ocean carry messages of peace and goodwill.
Turn away from our midst any unkind and brutal practices.
Let each child swim and breathe the fresh air
that is filled by the Holy Spirit.
O Lord Jesus, bless all who are makers of that inner peace
that breaks down the barriers of hatred,
and unite us with the open arms of your cross,
that all the peoples of the world may live happily together.

Amanuka Havea, Tonga
(© Christian Conference of Asia Youth, Hongkong, 1984)

Atua

Allow us to drink from the tanoa of Your peace, 
Right the course of our canoes
to overcome the currents of violence, hatred, war, abuse,
Give us peace of being at rest, so that peace prevails
over any wind that gusts through our islands,
Tattoo in our hearts Your righteousness and purity,
Through all cultures and walks of life, we pray
as instruments of peace and as the people of Pasifika.

M. Aunoa, American Samoa
(International Day of Prayer for Peace 2008, DOV Pacific focus)

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Atua: God in Polynesian languages
Tanoa: ceremonial and community bowl in Fijian language

I am the fanua

I am the fanua
The placenta buried in my ancestral land after childbirth
I am the pute
The umbilical cord buried and my link to my fanua

I am the fanua
The land which holds my history, my life, my death
I am the fanua
The land of my people, my ancestors, my descendents

I am the fanua
That which bonds me to the air, the earth, the sea
I am the fanua
That which binds me to the plants, the animals, the fish

I am the fanua
My mother's pain and joy in giving life
I am the fanua
Mother earth's pain and joy in giving life

I am the fanua
God's beautiful and unparalleled creation
I am the fanua
God's undying and steadfast love

I am the fanua
Wailing in despair at my self-destruction
I am the fanua
Dying of a slow suicide

I am the fanua
Expecting God's revelation
I am the fanua
Believing in God's promise

I am the fanua
You are the fanua
We are the fanua.

Faautu Talapusi, Samoa/Switzerland

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NB:  In most Polynesian languages fanua (fenua or whenua) signifies not only land but also the placenta.

Climate change in the Pacific region

 

Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi, general secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) wrote about climate change in the PCC newsletter: "It is at our doorsteps, flooding our homes and damaging our houses, ravaging our plantations and crops. The problem is all the pollution we make; how we desecrate our environment with no respect for it as a gift of God for us to be good stewards of."

Learn about the PCC environment programme and its campaign "Stop the warming".