Thursday, November 19, 2015

prayers for the people of Paris

These prayers were said in the context of an ecumenical service of Evening Prayer  that took place on the evening of November 18th to show the prayerful support of the people of the parish of Castlecomer for the people of Paris.

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers this night:

We pray for all who perpetrate such evil; may they repent of the wickedness they have done, may their hearts be turned to ways that are good and true, and may they work for peace in the world and your greater glory all their remaining days;
Lord in your mercy

We pray for the young people of the world, especially those who may be tempted into this darkness; guide them to reject the evil that is set before them by the world and follow instead the path of goodness you call them to:
lord in your mercy

We pray for all those whose minds, hearts, and souls are troubled by the events of recent days; we pray for ourselves even as we pray for those who live in Paris, that they may have them security in their homes and peace in their lives:
Lord in your mercy

We pray for all those in the military and police forces who must directly fight against the evil of this threat; keep them safe, and help them to do their work with restraint, so that they do not needlessly inflict violence even on the guilty, and that they may avoid unjustly hurting the innocent in their fear or anger:
Lord in your mercy

We pray for doctors, nurses, and all in the medical profession who must deal with the dead and the injured; guide their hands so they may better heal the injured and protect their hearts so that the terrors that they see may not scar them:
Lord in your mercy

We pray for the families and loved ones of all killed or injured; help them to forgive the wrongs done to them and those they love, and grant them the strength to cope with their losses and their fears:
Lord in your mercy

We pray for all those who were injured in these attacks; grant them healing in body, mind, and spirit, and help keep them from any bitterness of heart because of what they have suffered:
Lord in your mercy

And we pray for those who died in the attacks; grant that none died unprepared to meet with you that day; and if any did, hear our prayers and be merciful to them. Perpetual light grant unto them O Lord: and may they rest in peace. Amen.
Lord in your mercy


And we finish our prayers this evening as we pray for each other, all of God's Church, and all of God's children, especially the people of Paris, in the words of the Grace: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, this night and for evermore. Amen.


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