Let us pray.
in whose hands are held all times and all places,
whose patience is infinite and love everlasting
watch over these Games, this nation, and Commonwealth.
In the fire of competition, kindle the warmth of friendship,
and a passion for justice and equity.
As we celebrate with joy human endeavour and skill,
protect those for whom sporting loss brings danger or abuse.
Bless this city and region,
and grant that when the Games are finished
and athletes departed,
we may recall our shared humanity
and seek after the Common Good;
in Jesus’ name.