In our parishes, we pray for the people of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Speedsville, and their priest, the Rev. Patricia Kinney, and, the people of St. St. Mark the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Syracuse, and their priest, the Rev. Jon White.
In the Episcopal Church, we pray for the people of the Diocese of Olympia and their bishop, the Most Reverend Melissa Skelton.
In the Anglican Communion, we pray for the people of The Church of South India (United) and their prime bishop, the Most Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam.
A Prayer Against Gun Violence
Christ, you wept over a city. We are in deepest despair. As we weep over the dead and injured killed by guns, in anguish, we recognize the blood stains of hatred. We hear the sounds of fear, the echoes of gunshots — once again, once again.
Christ, you came to bring us peace. We turn to you in overwhelming sorrow. How can we end this nightmare of violence? How can we build a world of inclusion, of solidarity? Give us the grace to reflect deeply and to work ceaselessly to heal the hearts; to stop the guns; to cherish all God’s children.
Christ, you endured violent suffering to bring us light. We pray for the dead, may they rest in peace. We pray for the wounded, may they find healing. We pray for our nation, may we end the hate. We pray for our global family, may we learn we are one. Amen.