Pope Benedict XVI celebrates
the Eucharist at the canonization of
Galvão in São Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007 (photo credit Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agência Brasil;)
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Prayer for the Nuns Murdered in Mississippi
Sister Paul Merrill and Sister Margaret Held
have been violently taken from us.
Have mercy on them and comfort their families, friends, and
the many whom they have served.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Victims of the Earthquake in Italy
We mourn the death and destruction in Italy, O Lord,
And we pray for those who died in this recent disaster.
May their souls rest in peace.
May their families be comforted.
We pray for the living survivors.
Be with them, Lord, in this traumatic time.
May they experience Your healing,
In their spirits as well as their bodies.
We pray for the communities affected.
May they come together in solidarity
To rebuild and to affirm new life
Amid the ancient stones.
by Jane Deren
Prayer for the Louisiana Flood Victims
God of creation, You created water for life, yet water
destroys life. Bless those whose lives and livelihoods are
compromised by water in this recent flooding in Louisiana.
Comfort those grieving, angry, homeless, and afraid; be with
them and remind them , despite this crisis, You will never
leave them or forsake them. Bless those affected by flood
waters with new life and help, that they may rebuild what is
lost in You.
Prayer for Peace in Styria
We have been crying to you for peace in Syria; for an end to
killing and despair, an end to hostilities on all sides.
We cry to you for humanitarian aid to reach those most in
need. We beseech you for the rebuilding of ruined homes,
businesses and communities.
We long for the repairing of the breach and the restoration
of streets where your children may dwell in harmony.
We cry out that justice, truth and love may prevail for all
the people of Syria. We pray in the name of the Prince of
Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for Yummy
Sandifer, Dantrell Davis, Ryan Harris, Eric Morse,
Derrion Albert, Blair Holt, Jonylah Watkins,
and the hundreds of other children murdered and whom
continue to be murdered in Chicago
O God, we pray for those who have been murdered on
the streets of our city.
We commit to your loving care those who have died,
beseeching you to receive
their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort
their loved ones who mourn.
Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days
ahead in the strength of your love.
Let the love that you have made known to us lead us
to create safer streets for all to walk upon.