“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Prayers for Orlando


Prayers of the People, a litany in response to violence in the world






Presider  As we strive to be the means through which God’s grace spreads among us, let us offer prayers for the families, friends and victims of the Orlando shooting, the whole world and for every person in every need.




Leader

For every gathering, for the safety of all people.
Silence

For all nations, peoples, tribes, clans, and families.
Silence

For an end to the violence that plagues our nation and our world. For sin of prejudice: race, gender, ethnicity, religion and every form and way it manifests in ourselves, our institutions, our religions, and our society.
Silence

For mercy, justice, and peace throughout the world.
Silence

For the city of Orlando, this city and for every place.
Silence

For all those in danger and need: the sick and the suffering, the hungry and the oppressed, travelers and prisoners, the dying and the dead, especially for those who died in Orlando: 







Edward Sotomayor Jr., (34 years old)
Stanley Almodovar III, (23 years old)
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, (20 years old)
Juan Ramon Guerrero, (22 years old)
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, (36 years old) Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, (22 years old) Luis S. Vielma, (22 years old) Kimberly Morris, (37 years old) Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, (30 years old) Darryl Roman Burt II, (29 years old) Deonka Deidra Drayton, (32 years old) Alejandro Barrios Martinez, (21 years old) Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, (25 years old) Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, (35 years old) Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, (50 years old) Amanda Alvear, (25 years old) Martin Benitez Torres, (33 years old) Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, (37 years old) Mercedez Marisol Flores, (26 years old) Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, (35 years old) Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, (25 years old) Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, (31 years old) Oscar A Aracena-Montero, (26 years old) Enrique L. Rios, Jr., (25 years old) Miguel Angel Honorato, (30 years old)






Javier Jorge-Reyes, (40 years old)
Joel Rayon Paniagua, (32 years old) Jason Benjamin Josaphat, (19 years old) Cory James Connell, (21 years old) Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, (37 years old) Luis Daniel Conde, (39 years old) Shane Evan Tomlinson, (33 years old) Juan Chevez-Martinez, (25 years old) Jerald Arthur Wright, (31 years old) Leroy Valentin Fernandez, (25 years old) Tevin Eugene Crosby, (25 years old)


Silence

Are there others? (Pause) We pray for all those who mourn, for those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them.
Silence


For ourselves, our families, and those we love.
Silence

May God, who scatters the seed of faith, hear the prayers we offer this day and make everything new; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 






Presider
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on all affected by the senseless killings everywhere, especially those recently in Orlando, Florida; extend your mercy to the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love, help us to truly respect the integrity of every human being; and help us to work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations, all people may serve you in harmony through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The refrain was purchased at GIA sacred music . Please purchase your own copy for use. The prayers are an adaptation from one of the prayers (I don't remember which one) from O Plater Prayers. The collect at the end is an adaption of the prayer for the human family found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 815. 



1 comment:

Terri said...

These prayers will be used in worship on Sunday morning, June 19, 2016.