Prayers for Orlando Massacre

BCP with Fr Kevin Maney:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  Hear our prayer.
Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows. We are stunned at the evil that has been inflicted on us. We are angry at the loss we have sustained and long for words of comfort. Turn our grief to truer living, our affliction to firmer hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hear our prayer.
Gracious God, surround us and all who mourn this day over the Orlando massacre with your continuing compassion. Do not let grief overwhelm us, or turn us against you. When grief seems never-ending, take us one step at a time along your road of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hear our prayer.

Merciful God,
hear the cries of our grief,
for you know the anguish of our hearts.
It is beyond our understanding
and more than we can bear.
Accept our prayer
that as those who have been murdered have been released from this world’s cruelty
so may they be received
into your safe hands and secure love.
We pray that justice may be done
and that we may treasure the memory of their lives more than the manner of their death.
For Christ’s sake. Amen.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.