Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We pray that the suffering and terrorized be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen one. May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us. May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, and for those who have inflicted this violence, for your love is the only healing balm we know. May the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears. All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary. Amen.
– The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
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O God, we lift all the victims and their families of violence at home and aboard, especially those in Boston to your loving presence.
O God, may the road of grief lead us to encounter compassion and may it not lead us to the emptiness found in us-verses-them.
O God, may the road of grief lead us to a day where we appreciate each other and may it not lead us to confuse justice with revenge.
O God, may the road of grief lead us to the mystery of the shadowy Holy and may it not lead us to embrace fear in a time of insecurity.
O God may the road of grief lead us to each other and You, O God of Love and may it not lead us to the idolatry of security, rightness, and superiority.
Our heart breaks because YOU break. We cry because YOU cry. We grieve because YOU grieve. We LOVE because YOU LOVE.
– Mr. Karl Streeter, St. Timothy’s, Rancho Penasquitos
Loving God, Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty, And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love. Strengthen all those who work for peace, And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts. Amen.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
– adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal
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