Monday, August 28, 2006

Resources for Remembering September 11

As we remember September 11, let us recommit ourselves to praying for peace.

Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Resources from the University of Dayton Campus Ministry

Resources from Oregon Catholic Press (OCP)

Intercessions for Peace (by Diana Macalintal)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven: [light candle] for all who died on September 11; for the angels to carry them safely to the arms of the Father. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted: [light candle] for all who are still wounded and saddened during this time of remembrance. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy: [light candle] for those who plan and execute violence upon others; for continued efforts at reconciliation and healing; for God’s mercy upon them. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God: [light candle] for our church, national, and world leaders; for the courage to bear the cross of peace; for wisdom to prevent even more death. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied: [light candle] for our diocese of San Jose; for perseverance to end violence and abuse; for strength to be models of peace and justice for our communities. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven: [light candle] for those wrongly accused; for their protection; for the eradication of hatred and discrimination in our words and actions. We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land: [light candle] for all who are sick and suffering, especially for those we now name (long pause). We pray to the Lord.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God: [light candle] for family and friends who have died, especially for those we now name (long pause). We pray to the Lord.




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