Prayer in the aftermath

Offered in case it is helpful in your context in this week or another. Feel free to adapt as needed.

Gracious God, king of peace, who brought again from the dead our Saviour Jesus Christ after we had crucified him the name of empire, in the name of criminal justice [emphasis on the criminal], in the name of crowd control: We pray today for those who have been killed in our name: by the police, in the death chamber, in the driveways of lost citizens. We pray for the innocent, we pray for the guilty, for those caught in between. We pray for those whose motives, whose souls, whose minds are known to you alone, as well as for those who have made their intentions all too clear.

Gracious God, king of peace, who brought again from the dead the Christ whom our humanity had killed: We pray that you will disarm our hearts, our hands, our desires, and those delegated to wield weapons in our name, and especially those who wield harm in your name. We pray your protection on those who protest death. We pray for those who respond to the dying and to danger. We pray your consolation for the bereaved. We pray your mercy for the fallen. We pray for healing for the traumatized in body and in spirit. We pray for your justice, and for peace beyond our understanding.

We pray especially here and today for _______________.

In the name of Christ.


About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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1 Response to Prayer in the aftermath

  1. The longer work that contains John Donne’s famous lines about “No man is an island” and “Ask not for whom the bell tolls . . . ” is called Devotions for Emergent Occasions. Sadly, your prayer is now one of them.

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