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Prayers for the week of December 17th

December 17, 2023

In our parishes, we pray for the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oxford and their priest, the Rev. David Hanselman, and the people of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Port Leyden and their priest, the Rev. Heather Benson.

In the Episcopal Church, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Northern Indiana and their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Doug Sparks.

In the Anglican Communion, we pray for the people of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and their primate, the Right Rev. Nathan Ingen.


A Prayer Against Gun Violence

God, our hearts are broken with pain at the senseless deaths caused by gun violence. Families mourn, children live in fear, and some in our nation respond by arming themselves with more guns with greater capacity to end life. Our disconnection and alienation has caused some to turn to guns for protection and safety. We ask that you touch our hearts with your love, heal our brokenness, and turn us away from violence toward peace. Help us to transform our own hearts and to seek peaceful ways of resolving our differences. Let our hands reach out and connect with those who feel alone, those who live in fear, and those suffering from mental illness. Let our voices be raised asking our legislators to enact gun laws to protect all in our society, especially those most vulnerable. Let our pens write messages demanding change while also scripting words of hope and transformation. We ask this in the name of the God who desires that we live together in peace. Amen. 

From the Sisters of Mercy


December 17, 2023
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Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
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