Prayers for Aurora with Office of the Dead

Praying for Aurora: Have mercy on them O Lord, and make them welcome into your company; in your kindness console hearts broken; bind up the wounds inflicted upon our bodies, minds and spirits, for you are the Source of all healing and all love. On the cross, you showed mercy; let your example become alive to us in these days of heavy grief, that our pain may not be fed and grown on the poison of suspicion, exploitation, and vengeance — to which our hearts too quickly turn, and by which we are further weakened — but that it may, rather, be bathed in your light of revelation and truth, and soothed by the touch of your all-embracing, all-conciliating peace. In Christ’s name, we pray.

From Lauds of the Office of the Dead

Canticle of Hezekias.      Isa. 38.10.

I said, In the midst of my days * I shall go down unto the portals of hell.
2  I sought for the residue of my years.  * I said, I shall not see the Lord God in the land of the living.
3  I shall behold man no more, * neither the inhabitant of the land of rest.
4  Mine age is departed, and is rolled up from me, * like as it were a shepherd’s tent.
5  My life is cut off as by a weaver, whilst I was yet but beginning, he cut me off : * from morning even until night shalt thou make an end of me.
6  I hoped till morning, * as a lion, so hath he broken all my bones.
7  From morning even until night shalt thou make an end of me : * I will cry like a young swallow; I will meditate like a dove.
8  Mine eyes are weakened, * with looking upward.
9  O Lord, I suffer violence, answer thou for me. * What shall I say, or what shall he answer me, whereas he himself hath done it?
10  I will call to remembrance before thee all my years * in the bitterness of my soul.
11  O Lord, if man’s life be such, and the life of my spirit be in such things as these, thou shalt chasten me, and make me to live. * Behold, in peace is my my bitterness most bitter.
12  But thou hast delivered my soul that it should not perish: * thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
13  For hell shall not give glory unto thee, neither shall death praise thee, * nor yet shall they that go down into the pit look for thy truth.
14  The living, yea the living, he shall give praise unto thee, as I do this day; * the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
15  O Lord, save me, * and we will sing our psalms all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.
16  Eternal rest * grant unto them, O Lord.
17  And let perpetual light * shine upon them.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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  • Victor

    (((May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.)))

    Forever and ever, Amen!


  • Stefanie

    I actually just came from an hour of Adoration — my focus was on the 7 Penitential Psalms & the Litany of the Saints –prayer always always makes the weight of our sins lighter. And it was good to look upon our Lord in His humility as consecrated bread.

    I had been up, reading tweets about TDKR from 11:00 p.m on (we are on the West coast), so that I could talk about the movie with my 25 year old daughter who was with her friends at a midnight show here in Los Angeles. We were texting each other up until midnight –lots of excitement. My daugher loves Batman and even had brought a Batman mask to wear. Before this, it was Star Wars prequels and Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings midnight shows. We are both veterans of many many of them. So we love the atmosphere.

    Later, after the shootings, as I read Jessica Redfields’s tweets.. and her blog post having survived the Toronoto shooting in June, well, wow. As a mom, waiting for my own daughter Jessica to return home — I can only imagine the pain of her family and friends.

    May she and all the souls of the faithful departed and of those whose faith is only known by God, rest in peace.

  • ahem

    Prayed at Orthodox funeral services:

    Psalm 91

    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

    3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.

    4 He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

    5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,

    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

    7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.

    8 You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

    9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—

    10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.

    12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.

    13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

    14 Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.

    15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.

    16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.

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