Prison House

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Fra Angelico - Captura de Crist (The Yorck Project)

For those arrested without cause

Lord Jesus Christ,
You knew the pain
and betrayal of arrest
Yet you did not struggle
You let yourself be taken into custody
for the sake of the world.

Look now with compassion
on all those arrested without cause,
who embarrass the powers that be,
whose faces do not fit,
the fall guys and the foolish,
fear with a human form.

Help us fight for them
not with swords but with demand for justice
for your name's sake. Amen

Bishop Brian

Hope in time of Darkness (1/2)

Prayers

In this space you are invited to pray for the people who live in this house. Some you might have met already, others are unseen and others you will never see, because they are in solitary confinement, taken hostage or simply disappeared. Yet all these are here.

You might like to light a candle as a focus for meditation, or focus on a person, or someone highlighted by Amnesty. You could also focus your prayers on a local prison, or pray for your prison chaplains and visitors.

You could also use these prayers along with the Stations of the Cross or similar prayer journey of the last events of Jesus' life from his arrest to his death and resurrection.

Bishop Brian

More prayers for those unjustly imprisoned
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13

Art

  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner

Detention

  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession

Trial

Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned

Resources

  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries

Conviction

  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music

DVD

Films, books, CDs

Parole

  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

Reflections
  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab

Rations

Porridge

Release

Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?
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