Praying towards our election 2020

What kind of a nation do we want Aotearoa New Zealand to be as we journey together? As we prepare for New Zealand’s general election, our bishops are inviting us, the voters and our politicians, to reflect beyond party policies and political personalities to consider a future which recognises the interconnectedness between God, Humanity and Creation.

The Maori concepts of whanaungatanga (kinship) and whakawhanaungatanga (establishing links) capture Pope Francis’ call for a relationship that connects the sacredness of human life with the sacredness of all creation.

“Everything is connected. Concern for the environment needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.” – Pope Francis in Laudato si'.

Read the complete Catholic Bishops Statement 2020 HERE

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As we prepare to vote for our government representatives and the two Referendums let us pray:

God of Nations,

Bless our nation as we approach our election

in these uncertain times.

As we discern our choices,

guide us with your Spirit.

Grant us humble Parliamentarians of integrity

Who seek to serve for the common good.

 E te Atua

Unite our nation in the desire to protect the sanctity and dignity

of every human life in all its stages.

Help us recognise our families as a treasure

and enable us to support those families that struggle.

Make us mindful of people in need in our communities

and ready to work together for a just community.

May we always delight in the beauty of your creation

And ensure this beauty is enshrined for our children’s children. 

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

E te Atua o ngā Whenua o te Ao

manaakitia tō mātou whenua i te āhua o tō mātou pōti tūtata

i ēnei rā pāhekeheke.

I a mātou e whiriwhiri nei i ngā ara hei whai

aratakina mātou i roto i tōu Wairua.

Tukua mai he mema Pāremata ngākau māhaki, whakaaro rangatira

hei arahi i a mātou mō te oranga o te katoa. 

E te Atua

Whakakotahitia tō mātou whenua i roto i te hiahia kia tiakina te tapu me te mana

o ia tangata ora, mai i te tīmatanga ki te mutunga.

Kōkuhuna mai he māramatanga kia mōhio mātou he taonga ō mātou whānau,

kia tautoko mātou i ērā whānau, e takakawe nei ki te oranga.

Whakamaharatia mātou mō te hunga e mate nui nei i ngā mea maha i ō mātou

hapori kia takatū ai mātou ki te mahi tahi mō tētahi hapori tūtika.

Te tūmanako kia ngahau tonu mātou i roto i te ātaahua o ngā mea katoa nāu i hanga, kia mau

toitū hoki tēnei ao ātaahua mō ngā tamariki o ā mātou tamariki.

Ka tukuna tēnei īnoi mā Karaiti tō mātou Ariki. 

Āmene.

With the people of our land we pray our own anthem:

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God Defend New Zealand/Aotearoa

English version

Māori version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

Source: Ministry of Culture and Heritage, national anthems

Audio link to New Zealand's National Anthem HERE 

 

Images from the Electoral Commission https://elections.nz/media-and-news/image-gallery/