A Prayer on this day, on account of the tragedies in Boston…

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! Amen!

Let us pray to the Lord!

Almighty God, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, we beg of You to hear and respond with Your all-encompassing and loving kindness to the prayers of us sinners. We beg You come swiftly to the help of your servants. While we know and believe that all trials of life are under Your care and that all things work for the good of those who love You, still now, help us sinners who are both poor in spirit and weary in heart, as we pray for our brothers and sisters who have been harmed in the tragic and unfortunate actions today in the city of Boston. Take away from them and us all fear, anxiety and distress as they face and endure their injuries and loss. Replace their pain and distress as well as our hurting and confusion with faith, courage and wisdom, and the fullness of Your Love, of which You are the only True Source .

And as you delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary and as you have cast down Satan like lightning by the Power of Your Word, deliver us all from every unclean spirit, both those of us who would hate as a result of these horrific actions, as well as those who would hate enough to commit them. Command both the evil one and those who worship him knowingly or unknowingly to depart from all of us by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Replace the darkness of this age with the light of Your Son, that we may be guarded against all snares of crafty demons.

We beg also, O Lord, for the forgiveness of sins of those who have departed this life today as a result of the violence done to their bodies this day in Boston, through no fault of their own. Forgive them their sins as we ask you to forgive our own. For only You are judge and only You know the hearts of us sinners, for Your Righteousness is an everlasting Righteousness and Your Word is Truth. We beg in all humility, make for their memory to be Eternal!

Finally Lord, grant that these trials bring us all closer to You, the source of all Life which you call good, for You are the True Rock and Refuge of all humanity made in Your Image. You are truly our Comfort, our Hope, our Delight and our Eternal Joy. We trust alone in Your love and compassion. For blessed is Your name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen!