Saturday, September 11, 2010


O God of love, compassion and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here___

We ask you in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring you peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI
Ground Zero New York
April 20, 2008

Blessings of peace everyone and all that is good,


Maxine said...

Certainly a worthy prayer. We have to remember and keep praying.

Susan said...

I agree with Maxine. The prayers must be on going and continuing. The fervent, effectual prayer!!!!!

Finding Pam said...

Beautiful prayer for peace. Thank you for shairing it with us.

jennifer said...

Beautiful, Debra. Hugs!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

beautiful post. sorry i didn't read it saturday, but i just found your blog!

many blessings my friend,

Deborah Ann said...

Thanks for sharing that, Debra. I missed the timing slightly, but the prayers are continual...