Let us now observe a minute of respectful silence as we honour the more than 160 dead children found in unmarked graves on Penelakut Island, and whose lives matter very much.
60 seconds of silence.
Holy One, Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, of story and of song, of heartbeat and of tears, of bodies, souls, voices and all relations: You are the God of all truth and the way of all reconciliation. Breathe in us the grace to trust in your loving forgiveness, that we may face our histories with courage. Guide us with holy wisdom to enter through the gates of remorse that our feet may walk gently and firmly on the way of justice and healing. Amen.
May the bracing and challenging love of God be with us all as more stories of Indigenous Children who perished in residential schools come to light.