Prayers for all Affected by Violence and Disaster

"Remember the prayer you never hear that says your name..."


From Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori

Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We pray that the suffering and terrorized be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen one. May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us. May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, and for those who have inflicted this violence, for your love is the only healing balm we know. May the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears. All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary. Amen.


From the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 831, Prayer 55

O merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve  those who suffer: Look with pity upon the sorrows of all who have been affected by tragedy in Boston and West.  Remember them, O Lord, in mercy; nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen



Litany of Healing from the Book of Occasional Services


Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers. 


God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation;

Response: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.


God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly;

Response: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.


God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence;

Response: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.


Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being;

Response: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.


Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;

Response: Hear us, O Lord of life.


You are the Lord who does wonders:

Response: You have declared your power among the peoples.


With you, O Lord, is the well of life:

Response: And in your light we see light.


Hear us, O Lord of life:

Response: Heal us, and make us whole.


Let us pray.

A period of silence follows.


O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servants the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.