This prayer was composed by Graham Herbert, headmaster of Lockerbie Academy.
Prayer for Lockerbie Pan Am Flight 103 Victims and Survivors
With all the earth’s people we join as one to pray for a world where we can live in peace and harmony together; a world where there is no place for war, hatred or violence; a place where each and every one of us, regardless of race, religion or gender maybe valued equally.
Today, as we remember all those who perished in the Lockerbie disaster we give thanks for the lives each one led, be it short or long, and for the joy and happiness they brought to all those who knew and loved them. We pray for their families and friends, bereft so cruelly and suddenly. We know only too well that brave faces and cheerful smiles hide dashed dreams and broken hearts and we ask that when they face their dark times they may be comforted by the love that passes all understanding.
We find ourselves bound by a common cord – a cord not of our choosing. We give thanks that this cord, created unwittingly out of an act of evil that sought to restrict and control us, has strengthened year on year into an unbreakable chain, woven from the threads of happy memories and forged in loving, thankful hearts. Today, we pray as we stand united in remembrance, side by side, hand-in-hand as the links in this chain, what we may show those who sought to destroy us that they have only made us stronger.
And now, in the words of the Gaelic Blessing, we ask for peace in the hearts of everyone here today and for all those throughout the world who have been touched in any way by the tragic events over Lockerbie 33 years ago.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may your God hold you in the palm of his hand.