Our hearts break at the violence in our nation over these past few days and our souls cry out asking “Why, O God, why?” With tears in our eyes and confusion and dismay in our minds, we turn to prayer and we try to understand.

Read A Death in Our Family, a blog written by parishioner Shannon Finney.

 

Prayer on the Occasion of a Disaster

Compassionate God, whose Son Jesus wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus: Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

(from Holy Women and Holy Men, p. 733)

Prayer for Reconciliation and Forgiveness

God of compassion, you have reconciled us in Jesus Christ who is our peace: Enable us to live as Jesus lived, breaking down walls of hostility and healing enmity. Give us grace to make peace with those from whom we are divided, that, forgiven and forgiving, we may ever be one in Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns for ever, one holy and undivided Trinity. Amen.

(from Holy Women and Holy Men, p. 737)

For further prayer, we commend the Litany for Gun Violence Prevention, written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal Bishop of Maine.