Eternal, All-Compassionate God:
You are our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

We lift our hearts and voices in lament to you this day
as we grieve the violence, the loss of life, and the destruction
in Orlando..

Have mercy, O God, have mercy.

We entrust to your infinite compassion all those who have died.
May they rest in your eternal peace.
We pray for those who are fighting for their lives, and for those who are maimed and injured in body, mind, and soul.
Grant them easing of their pain and healing.
We pray for those tasked with responding to this catastrophe.
Give them steadfastness and wisdom.
And, as you commanded us to do, we pray for our enemies.
Let them not be lost in violence and hatred.

To all of us, grant deep compassion for all that lives, and an abiding longing for your peace.

Lord, send out your Spirit
And renew the face of our marred and grieving world.


Moderator’s note: This prayer was first posted on March 23, 2016, after the mass shooting in Brussels. At the author’s request, it is posted again now after the shooting in Orlando, Florida.

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