Litany for the Church in Time of Tragedy

    Eternal God, you are our only hope, our sure help in time of trouble.
    In all times and places you alone are our strength and stay.
    Because we trust in you, we dare to believe:

    Goodness is stronger than evil;
    love is stronger than hate;
    light is stronger than darkness;
    hope is stronger than despair.

    Although often lost in grief and overwhelmed by fear and anger,we hear your call to firmer faith and deeper trust.
    In the midst of doubt and fear

      you call us to be a people of prayer.
      Help us, O Lord, to place our confidence in you as we pray for
        all who have lost loved ones
        those traumatized by memories and images they cannot forget
        those who are paralyzed by fear
        those who seek to do us harm
        the leaders of nations...
        Arab and Muslim neighbors
        the people of Afghanistan

         

          (silence)

      Hear us, O Lord, and teach us to pray,
      for you alone are our refuge and strength.

     

    O God, true source of wholeness and peace,

      in a world bearing fresh wounds of suffering and grief,
      you call us to be a people of healing.
      Help us to reach out to neighbors in need,
        to bear one another's burdens,
        to weep with those who weep.

         

      Give us the grace to share the comfort of Christ
      with all those who long for his healing touch.
      Surround those who have been shaken by tragedy
      with a sense of your present love.

        (silence)

      Hear us, O Lord, and help us to heal,
      for you alone are our refuge and strength.

     

    Strong God of love,

      in a world torn by violence and threatened by revenge and hatred,
      you call us to be a people of love.
      Give us the strength to love even when love is most difficult.
      Save us from the desire for vengeance,
      and from the temptation to rejoice in wrongdoing.
      So fill us with the love of Christ
      that we might seek the good for all people.
      Do not let us be overcome by evil,
      but help us overcome evil with good.

       

        (silence)

      Hear us, O Lord, and show us how to love,
      for you alone are our refuge and strength.

     

    God of truth and light,

      in a world of darkness
      you call us to bear witness to your light.
      Guide us by your Spirit, that we might reflect the glory of your Son
        in his courage in speaking the truth,
        in his compassion for others,
        in his willingness to bear suffering,
        in his refusal to return evil for evil.

         

          (silence)

      Hear us, O Lord, and guide our witness,
      for you alone are our refuge and strength.

     

    Almighty and ever-faithful God,

      in a world of despair
      you call us to be a people of hope.
      When we are cast down or dismayed, keep your Spirit alive in us.
      Grant us faith to look forward with confidence to that day
      when the whole world will be drawn into willing obedience to your reign
      and people will come from east and west,
      from north and south, to sit at table in your kingdom.

       

        (silence)

      Hear us, O Lord, and fill us with hope,
      for you alone are our refuge and strength.

     

    You, O Lord, are our refuge and strength,
    our help in time of trouble.
    Help us to hold in our hearts and show in our lives
    what we proclaim with our lips:

    Goodness is stronger than evil;
    love is stronger than hate;
    light is stronger than darkness;
    hope is stronger than despair.

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