Prayer and Special Petitions for the Tragedy in Boston

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The following was shared by Brother Kenney Gorman, C.F.X.

Our prayer:

We turn to you, our compassionate, loving Father who lifts our broken hearts, and pray you grant healing and wholeness to all who are suffering physically, mentally and emotionally from the bombings at the Boston marathon. We pray that You grant eternal rest to those who died in this senseless tragedy. Console and comfort the families who grieve for their lost loved ones as well as those who stand at the side of their injured loved ones. Grant safety to all our cities and country, and through the promptings of your Holy Spirit, guide the investigation for those who caused such horrific harm and pain. Inspire us with confidence, enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills as we pray through your Son Jesus Christ.

Our petitions:

For all victims of terrorism, especially those who were affected by the bombings in Boston, that they might have hope and trust in the Lord, let us pray.

For those who have died as a result of the bombings in Boston, may they share in the Resurrection of Jesus and have peace on high, and that their families might receive consolation, let us pray.

That our nation, wounded by yet another horrifying tragedy may never lose trust in God’s faithfulness, let us pray.

That those injured physically and emotionally as a result of the tragedy in Boston may unite their pain and distress with the sufferings of Christ and find comfort, let us pray.

For those who have been injured by the recent bombings in Boston, may they have speedy recoveries, let us pray.

That the People of God will remember that–even in the face of senseless acts such as the bombings in Boston–for those who love God, as Saint Paul tells us, all things will work out unto good, let us pray.

That the light of Christ will pierce through the darkness of heart of those who commit acts such as the bombings at the Boston marathon, and open them to peaceful and creative ways to reach their goals and fulfill their hopes, let us pray.

For those who feel helpless during times of crisis, that their desire to help has its own prayerful assistance, let us pray.

For those who know only hatred and have no hope, for those individuals who cannot see love and joy, for those who do not know or have turned away from Jesus Christ, that our prayers for them will overwhelm the evil and open their hearts, let us pray.

For the victims of terror and violence in our nation and world, may they be comforted by the outpouring of love and support by their friends and neighbors, let us pray.

For God’s peace and love to surround the families and victims of the bombings at the Boston marathon, let us pray.

For healing and gentle recovery of those who were injured and are suffering from loss of limbs and life-threatening wounds as a result of the bombings in Boston, let us pray.

For those who were first responders and those who put forth heroic efforts during the aftermath of the bombings in Boston, let us pray.

For those who are overcome with fear and anxiety for their safety, may they rest in confidence that God is always with them, let us pray.

For all of those affected by the bombings in Boston this week, may they experience the care of our Lord Jesus through the concern, healing and compassion of Christian people, let us pray.

For those who keep the peace and answer the call to serve in times of violence and distress, let us pray.

For the safety of our homes, communities, nation and world, that all people will be free to live in peace, let us pray.

For all who are suffering in any way as a result of the bombings in Boston, may they be filled with God’s healing, hope, and renewal for their lives, let us pray.

That as disciples of the Prince of Peace, we will work for peace and reconciliation in any situation where hostility or hatred is present, let us pray.

That God’s family on this planet will move toward rejecting violence in any form and turn to dialogue and compromise as the solution to problems and difficulties, let us pray.

For all involved with work for peace and justice in this world–diplomats, members of the Peace Corps or charitable organizations, individuals in our local churches and communities, or the many others–may the Holy Spirit guide and bless their work, let us pray.

For victims of violence in our fragile world, may they find peace and support for all of their needs, let us pray.

For all who have lost their lives to acts of violence, may they rest in the bosom of our heavenly Father, let us pray.

For all who are first responders at scenes of violence, may they be graced with strength and abundantly blessed for their heroic acts, let us pray.

For those who perpetuate violence, may they be converted to the tender mercy of God, let us pray.

For those who are indifferent to violence, may they see the harm of their ways and seek forgiveness and reconciliation, let us pray.

That those who carry the sorrow of the bombings at Boston in their hearts and souls may find solace, let us pray.

For an increase of wisdom and strength for all civil leaders, that their efforts will bring about the peace our heavenly Father wants us to share, let us pray.

For enduring strength and an increase of hope to all who are victims of violence in any form, let us pray.

For an active faith in our community, that we may help meet the needs of our neighbors who are suffering because of the recent violence, let us pray.

For the Lord’s mercy on those who have died as a result of violence, may they rest in the peace that eluded them earth, let us pray.

For survivors of tragic moments, may they be graced with strength and renewed in their conviction to carry out God’s will here on earth, let us pray.

For all the victims of the bombings in Boston and their families, may they find healing of body, mind, and spirit, let us pray.

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2 Comments

  1. Peter C. Corbett says:

    I was housed, fed, clothed, wanted, loved & educated by the Xaverian Brothers, the place?

    Working Boys’ Home (St. John’s Industrial School.) I lived there from 1949-1953. 10-14 yrs old.

    I have always considered my 4 years there as where my life had begun.

    I owe the Xaverian Brothers a huge debit of gratitude.

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