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A Litany for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

September 12, 2011

The following litany, adapted from a litany by Episcopal Priest Michael K. Marsh (on his blog, “Interrupting the Silence“), guided us in our Prayers of the People at yesterday’s Services: 

Leader: O God of all compassion and hope, we come to you now and ask you to hear our prayers.
People: O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Leader: For all who died in the 9/11 tragedy that they may be given entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all your saints,
People: Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. 

Leader: For all who grieve the death of family, friends, and fellow citizens; remember them in your mercy, nourish them with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace.
People: Arise, O Christ, and help us.

Leader: For all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit that they may be comforted, healed, and given courage and hope,
People: Arise, O Christ, and help us.

Leader: For the victims and the perpetrators of terror, war, and violence throughout the world,
People: Arise, O Christ, and help us.

Leader: For all who work for unity, peace, concord, and the freedom of all people,
People: Arise, O Christ, and help us.

Leader: When we remember that day, the memories haunting us, the sounds echoing in our ears, and the images filling our eyes,
People: O Christ, lead us home.

Leader: When we grieve and despair, and tears become our only food,
People: O Christ, lead us home.

Leader: When we are hopeless and sad, and fearful and faithless,
People: O Christ, lead us home.

Leader: When in grief, anger, negligence, or ignorance we have turned against you and against one another,
People: Merciful God, forgive and heal us.

Leader: When we speak unjustly against others, when we blame unfairly, when we withdraw or lash out,
People: Merciful God, forgive and heal us.

Leader: When we seek revenge rather than reconciliation and peace,
People: Merciful God, forgive and heal us.

Leader: When we have demonized people of other religions, race, colour, or ethnicity,
People: Merciful God, forgive and heal us.

Leader: Give us the will and courage to love and forgive our enemies.
People: Be our strength, O Christ.

Leader: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth. Deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge. Enable us all to stand reconciled before you.
People: Be our strength, O Christ.

Leader: For men and women who have given their strength, their wisdom, and their lives for the freedom of all,
People: We thank you, Lord.

Leader: For firefighters, police officers, first responders, and all those who were injured or died so that others might be rescued, cared for, and protected,
People: We thank you, Lord.

Leader: For all the brave and courageous who were patient in suffering, faithful in adversity, and selfless in sacrifice,
People: We thank you, Lord.

Leader: For all who participate in interfaith dialogue, relationships, and reconciliation,
People: We thank you, Lord.

Leader: For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
People: We thank you, Lord.

Leader: O Lord, have mercy upon us and hear our prayer,
People: Let our cry come to you.

Leader: In the communion of all the saints, we commend ourselves, one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
People: To you, O Lord.

(The picture at the top of this posting was taken on September 14, 2001 by Los Angeles Times’ photographer Robert Gauthier of the family of Daniel Lopez, a financial analyst at Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center. His wife, Elizabeth, after three days of searching, gathered her family and silently wept at a neighbourhood vigil in Queens. The picture on the bottom of the posting was taken on September 10 of this year by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images of Army Lieutenant Colonel Al Versoza visiting the grave of his friend and colleague Army Major Stephen Long, who died in the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.)

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