All Anglicans, Christians, people of faith and of none, are asked to use this prayer until the bodies of all those who died in Lagos have been repatriated for burial at home:
Lord God, creator of all life,
We come before you filled with hope but distressed by the plight of the traumatised families of those who died in the church guesthouse in Lagos.
We offer our intercession and supplications for a swift end to diplomatic difficulties; for completion of the unduly prolonged process of identifying and repatriating bodies.
We ceaselessly intercede for the bereaved, and assure them that even at this time of trauma, as Jesus says: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
Lord, we are created in your image, may your dignity and the dignity of the dead be respected in this process.
Finally, Lord, we ask that each South African and all your people pray for an end to this agony for the families, and to commit to call for its end.
For Jesus Christ's sake,