Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11

O God who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die:
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion,
and grace to let go into new life,
through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Written for funerals, this prayer by Janet Morley is appropriate for today's remembrance.

Never has it been clearer to me than in this moment
that people of faith,
in virtue of the Gospel and the mission of the Church,
are called to be about peace and the transformation of the human heart,
beginning with our own.
I am not immune to emotions of rage and revenge,
but I know that acting on them
only perpetuates the very violence
I pray will be dissipated and overcome.

Excerpt from “We are called to another way,” statement by the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church, September 11, 2001.

And sometime today, see and hear this.

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