A Litany in the wake of terror in Paris

Lord Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace and the Great Physician, and it is to you that we pray.

We pray, O Lord, for those who were so tragically killed in Paris. We pray for all who love them, and all who grieve. We pray that they might find strength in you, and not be overwhelmed by their loss.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray, for those who were injured. Those who lost limbs. Those who are in great pain. Those who lives will forever be changed.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray, for those who witnessed horrible sights, for innocent bystanders, for the first responders, police, nurses, doctors, and all who are shaken to the core.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are caring for the injured at this hour, that through them you would offer healing and life.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the men and women of law enforcement who have long and difficult days ahead of them.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the clergy and lay ministers who will tend to the needs of people in fear and grief.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all the people of Paris, and everyone across the world who live under the threat of terror.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the spirit of you, O Christ, who commanded us to love, and pray for, our enemies; we pray for those who seek to do others harm. We pray that their hearts be turned, and their minds and souls find healing.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are called to keep us safe. We pray that they might have wisdom and strength to do the task that is set before them.
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

And, we pray for the day when evil takes its last gasp. When the light finally, and thoroughly, snuffs out the darkness in this world, and the darkness which infects the hearts of people who do unspeakable wrong. Amen.

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The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field

The Rev. Claire Nevin-Field is the rector of St. Peter's Church.

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  1. please help me pray for my friendship with anna liza m. ang-co. i pray for God to touch her heart and heal her heart from all the pain, hurt, and anger that i may have cauesd her. i pray that she can overcome her fear of spending time with me, being with me, and working with me. i pray that she will again be comfortable to spend time with me. i pray that she will forgive me and give me another chance. i pray that she can still look inside her heart and find me there, enough to convince her that our friendship is still worth fighting for and worth another chance. i pray that i can still be worth her time and sacrifice, beyond the convenience of work. i pray that she will decide not to go on medical leave. but if it is really over for us, i pray for God to help me find a new job soon.please help me pray, i don’t want to lose my best friend.

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