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 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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Shine upon all who are in darkness

A prayer of expectation from a child-like faith.

Darkness and light in the wilderness

Lord Christ, shine upon all who are in the darkness of suffering and grief, that in your light, they may receive hope and courage and in your presence, may find their rest and peace, for your love’s sake.

Alan Warren in Christopher Herbert, Pocket Prayers for Children, (Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, Kindle Edition).

Even in the “darkness of suffering and grief” the Risen One is present. Light will overcome the darkness. Hope is possible. Courage can be summoned to defeat fear and sadness. Rest and peace will return in the presence of the Risen One. A child-like faith is the entrance to such a prayer and such a hope. ~Fr. Dan

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Breathe by thy Spirit such love…

United with Christ in prayer.

Woman in praise at sunrise

Blessed Lord, lifting up holy hands perpetually for all mankind;
breathe by thy Spirit such love into the prayers we offer,
that they may be taken into thine, and prevail with thine;
to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

A Prayer of Eric Milner-White [1884-1964] in 2000 Years of Prayer.

Let your mind and heart savor the request that our prayers be taken into the prayers of Jesus, our faithful intercessor, for the glory of God and the welfare of God’s people (indeed, all of God’s creation). ~Fr. Dan

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A Morning Prayer on Saturday

A prayer for rest and renewal.

Fisherman boats moored on lake shore under sunset sky

A prayer for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays from Morning Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 99

I have always liked this prayer on Saturday morning. May our rest here be blessed indeed. May our rested selves truly be renewed in giving thanks for the hope of new life in Jesus Christ ~Fr. Dan

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Where there is darkness, light

May we be what we pray

Burning candles dispelling darkness

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis in The Book of Common Prayer, p. 833

As the Lenten Journey continues, Jesus comes closer and closer to his death. Yet along the way he continues to share peace, love, and pardon. He shows the Way to faith, hope, light and joy. And, finally, the Way passes through death to life. ~Fr. Dan

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A prayer for one in pain

A prayer to Jesus, the Pain-bearer who holds me in eternal life

One who experiences pain

In the remaining Fridays of Lent 2017 let us be mindful of those who experience acute or chronic pain. If you experience either acute or chronic pain, this prayer may be for you. ~Fr. Dan

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to you will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.

Enriching Our Worship 2, 71

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