After violence in Egypt

Mourning those killed in Minya Province, Egypt, on 5/26/17

Once again I turn to Alden Solovy for a heartfelt prayer as the horror of another terrorist attack burdens the hearts of all people of goodwill. This prayer was originally posted on To Bend Light on May 27, 2017. The attack in Egypt occurred on May 26th.

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For the Christians of Egypt
Oh people of conscience,
Cry out.
For G-d calls us to stand
With our Christian brothers and sisters.

Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To the victims of the ongoing attacks
Against Christians in Egypt.
Remember, too, those murdered
Throughout the Christian world.

Today we remember with sorrow the recent
Attack on pilgrims to St. Samuel the Confessor.
Their lives were cut off
In acts of aggression and hate.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.
May they rest in peace.

Remember the survivors of this horror.
Grant them comfort and consolation.
Bless them with endurance to survive,
Strength to rebuild,
Faith to mourn,
Courage to heal,
And devotion to each other.

Oh G-d,
We implore You,
Look down upon the suffering
Of the Christians of Egypt.
Hold them close with Your mercy.

G-d of All,
With Your gentle and loving hand
Unite Your children
Under a canopy of peace.
Bring the light of salvation and healing
To the four corners of the earth.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: On April 9, suicide bombings killed 44 at two Coptic churches in Egypt. This prayer is based on  for “Racist Violence against Houses of Worship” and my “Liturgy after Terror Attacks.”

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God encompass you

A blessing for you.

The butterfly: symbol of the resurrection.

Throughout the day the good God encompass you;

throughout the night the saving God enfold you;

throughout your life, the loving God behold you.

And the blessing of God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

be in you and remain with you forever. Amen

David Adam, The Open Gate: Celtic Prayers for Growing Spiritually
(Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1995) p. 111

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: Watercolor by Elanie Moore and used as the cover art for the Easter Season Worship Booklet at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild, CA.

Ascend with Christ

Ascending in heart and mind.

Looking up into the clouds

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect in Ascension week in The Book of Common Prayer,  p. 226

Humanity, humankind, our flesh and blood, Jesus Christ, ascended. What began at Christmas as God took our flesh is now completed as our flesh is united to the divine “in heaven.” Forever. Everywhere. God in us. We in God. May we indeed be aware of this union and “with [God] continually dwell.” ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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“He ascended into heaven…”

A post on the Feast of the Ascension from our Bible Study Forum.

Hear what the Spirit is saying

While Jesus was going and [the apostles] were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11 NRSV

Master of the Rabbula Gospels, The Ascension, 586

The Ascension of Christ, illumination on parchment, 6th century,
Master of the Rabbula Gospels.

Commentary by Hovak Najarian

During the sixth century, artists were approximately eight hundred years away from being able to create pictorial depth through linear perspective. In addition to technical limitations, artists faced decisions about how Jesus would be depicted and how angels would fly. How would a person’s inner light be represented? Creating a composition required decisions as well; how was it to be organized?

Pictorial depth in, TheAscension of Christ, an illuminated Syriac…

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Comfort of the sad

A prayer requiring us to be part of the answer.

Comfort me

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer; Let the prayers of Thy children who cry out of any tribulation come unto Thee, and unto every soul that is distressed grant Thou mercy, relief, and refreshment; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gelasian Sacramentary (8th century, CE) in Albert E. Campion, Ed., Prayers For Christian Healing (New York: Morehouse-Gorham Co., 1958) p. 26 [Out of print]

As we continue to grieve and suffer with those who hurt or harmed by violence in so many parts of the world: let us turn to God who is “comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer.” Beyond prayer, let us listen for the Spirit’s guidance in order to be the “mercy, relief, and refreshment” of God in Jesus Christ. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

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A prayer in the aftermath of terror

In the aftermath of evil: a prayer of confidence in God

A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, in central Manchester.

To Bend Light is a Blog of “Jewish Prayers from the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy.” Let his prayer “For Manchester and England” touch your heart and inform your own prayers this day. ~Fr. Dan

 

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For Manchester and England
Author of life,
Grant peace and consolation
To the victims and the injured
After the attack in Manchester,
Where youths, teens and their parents were murdered
In an act of calculated terror.

Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To the victims of this attack,
Whose lives were cut off
In an act of witless aggression.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.
May they rest in peace.

Remember the survivors of this horror.
Grant them shelter and solace,
Comfort and consolation,
Blessing and courage.
May their healing —
And the healing of this nation —
Continue with devotion and courage.

We also remember the victims
And survivors of the 7/7 and Westminster attacks,
Praying for their souls and their healing.

Heavenly Guide,
Hand of love and shelter,
Put an end to anger and hatred,
Bigotry and fear.
Let terrorists put down their weapons
To discover a new path.
May the victims of all violence
Find hope and renewal.
Lead us to a time when no one
Suffers or dies at the hand of another.

,עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ
וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְעַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵּבֵל, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu,
V’al kol Yisraeil, v’al kol yosh’vei teivel, V’imru, Amen.

May the One who creates harmony above, make peace for us,
For all Israel, and all who dwell on earth. And say: Amen.

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Image: Reuters—A woman lays flowers for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, in central Manchester. REUTERS/Darren Staples