Broken - Communion Prayer

 Life is so easily broken, crucified,
As the victim’s head is spiked by thorns
Driven into them by the poisonous hands of the self-righteous.
 
Life is so easily broken, crucified,
As the victim’s back is lacerated by the scourging of the harsh
Judgements of the pious. 
 
Life is so easily broken, crucified,
as they are nailed to their
Cross of suffering and bitter pain. 
 
Life is so easily broken, crucified,
as the victims are rejected
And mocked by the jeering crowds. 
 
Life is so easily broken, crucified,
As the victims’ hands are pierced by the callous indifference
Of their Christian brothers and sisters. 
 
Life is so easily broken, crucified,
As their burial is a hurried affair so the
Sabbath can be Celebrated and prayers said.
Yet their resurrection and our resurrection will come through
Staying with their brokenness, in fear and expectation of the coming of the
Spirit Who will make all things new.
 
(This powerful poem was drafted at an HIV/Aids workshop in Cape Town in May 2000. While these words were spoken during Holy Communion – a glass was smashed to pieces. Participants came forward, slowly bent down and picked up the pieces of glass before taking the bread and the cup………)
 
Submitted by Renate Cochrane jrc@iafrica.com
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