Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon bombs rock local Episcopalians

I've been thinking of the parish in the block just after the finish line and wondering if they were planning to have a service tomorrow... but of course that area is now off limits, so I don't think so.  The cathedral and quite a number of other parishes are having prayer services, though.  And those of us far away as well as you all who are nearer continue to pray.

Boston Marathon bombs rock local Episcopalians

From the article at the second link above:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is in Okinawa, Japan for the Second Worldwide Anglican Peace Conference, called for prayer following the explosions, and offered the following prayer:
Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We pray that the suffering and terrorized be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen one. May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us.  May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, and for those who have inflicted this violence, for your love is the only healing balm we know. May the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears.  All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary. Amen.

Meanwhile, as we grieve and pray for peace here on this side of the world, war goes on with senseless deaths elsewhere. When will it stop?

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