P: It is truly right
and a good and joyful thing that we give you thanks,
This morning, I received and email from the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, asking permission to use this prayer in the churches of his diocese tomorrow. I am deeply honored and profoundly moved to think of this possibility. I wrote this prayer following the VA Tech massacre in 2007. It also saddens me that it might be offered.
at all times and in
in times of gladness
and of sadness,
Holy Father, eternal
and all-powerful God,
In him you have
brought us through the waters of baptism and
made us one body, the
church, the communion of saints.
Therefore with the
whole Church on earth,
with angels and all
we proclaim your
glory and with one voice sing (say):
The Sanctus is sung or said.
P: You are indeed
holy, O God, the fountain of all holiness.
Over the waters of
creation, you brought light from darkness.
Out of the waters of
the flood, you brought life from death.
Through the waters of
the Red Sea, you brought freedom from bondage.
In the waters of
baptism, you bring communion from isolation.
With Rachel, you wail
for your children because they are no more.
With Jesus, you weep
over the death of Lazarus, his friend.
Like a mother hen,
you yearn to comfort and protect your chicks.
In the passion of
your Son, you bring all our pains and all our sorrows into your very Self.
We thank you for
creation, for redemption, and for your love that will reconcile and rule all in
Especially we thank
you for the gift of Jesus,
who is one with you
and makes us one in him and one in the faith of your Church.
May we, as
insufficient as we are,
be strengthened to
offer comfort and forgiveness to those most affected by this tragedy.
On the night before
he suffered death,
as Jesus gathered his
friends around the table he took bread and,
he broke it, and gave
it to all of them, saying:
“Take and eat; this
is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After all of them had
eaten, he again took the cup and, offering thanks to you,
he gave it for all to
“This cup is the new
covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of
sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
For as often as we
eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until
C: Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
P: Therefore, O God,
with this bread and cup we remember the incarnation of your Son,
his prayer that we
may be one,
his death and
his ascension and
continual intercession for us,
and his sending of
the life giving spirit.
We cry out for the
resurrection of our lives and the lives of those untimely taken,
when Christ will come
again in beauty and power to share with us the great and promised feast.
C: Amen. Come Lord
P: Send your Holy
Spirit to bless us and these your gifts of bread and wine,
that the bread we
break may be a communion in the body of Christ,
and that the cup we
share may be a communion in the blood of Christ.
C: Amen. Come, Holy
P: In the waters of
baptism you have made us one with him;
give us unity in the
faith in this time of inexplicable death,
and enable us to grow
in all things in him.
May we hear Jesus say
to us as he said to the widow of Nain and to Jairus “Do not weep” and to her
son and his daughter “Rise.”
Join our prayers with
those of your servants of every time and every place,
and unite them with
the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious
Lord of all.
C: Through him, with
him, in him,
in the unity of the
all honor and glory
are yours almighty
God, now and forever.
P: And now with the
confidence of children
for one time local use of the Eucharistic Prayer at time of Senseless Tragedy
from "In Remembrance of Me-Eucharistic Prayers for the Lesser Feasts and
Festivals and other times in the life of the Church" copyright 2012 The Rev.
John F. C. Dornheim