Litany for Gun Violence Prevention

A Litany for the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Sunday, December 13, 2015* written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal Bishop of Maine

 

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of Episcopal Bishops committed to putting prayer into action to decrease instances of gun violence.  Our own bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith belongs to this group. 

 

Giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family and called us to live together in harmony and peace. Surround us with your love as we face the challenges and tragedies of gun violence.

For our dear ones, for our neighbors, for strangers and aliens, and those known to you alone,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Righteousness, you have given our leaders, especially Donald, our President, and Rick, our Governor, the members of Congress, the judges of our courts and members of our legislatures, power and responsibility to protect us and to uphold our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For all who bear such responsibility, for all who struggle to discern what is right in the face of powerful political forces,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Compassion, we give you thanks for first responders, for police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and all those whose duties bring them to the streets, the lobbies, the malls and the homes where the carnage of gun violence takes place day after day. Give them courage and sound judgment in the heat of the moment and grant them compassion for the victims.

For our brothers and sisters who risk their lives and their serenity as they rush to our aid,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

Merciful God, bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence, those maimed and disfigured, those left alone and grieving, and those who struggle to get through one more day. Bless them with your presence and help them find hope.

For all whose lives are forever marked by the scourge of gun violence,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

God Who Remembers, may we not forget those who have died, more than 33,000 this year, in the gun violence that we have allowed to become routine. Receive them into your heart and comfort us with your promise of eternal love and care.

For all who have died, those who die today, and those who will die tomorrow,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Justice, help us, your church, find our voice. Empower us to change this broken world and to protest the needless deaths caused by gun violence. Give us power to rise above our fear that nothing can be done and grant us the conviction to advocate for change.

For your dream of love and harmony,

Loving God Make us instruments of your peace.

All this we pray in the name of the One who offered his life so that we might live, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

*edited to reflect current government leaders and gun-related death toll

A Season of Prayer: For an Election

"We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of new leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.

Starting October 9 and continuing through the election, we suggest a theme to guide your prayers each day, and we offer you a collect from The Book of Common Prayer."(Forward Day by Day)

Both weekly and daily prayers for the next month as we enter into the final stretch of this year's election season can be found here and will also be posted daily to the Cathedral Facebook page.