In the aftermath of the explosions in Boston prayers began to be shared on Facebook and Twitter and other social media platforms. Here is a sampling of prayers ascending from those who seek to follow the Way of Christ, the Way of Love:
Loving God, welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty. And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love. Strengthen all those who work for peace, and may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts. Amen.
Offered by the People of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
O merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: look with pity upon the sorrows of your people in Boston. Remember them, O Lord, in your mercy; nourish their souls with patience; comfort the wounded with a sense of your goodness; lift up your countenance upon the first responders; and give us all peace—through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Offered by the folks at the Washington National Cathedral
Loving God, you sent Jesus into the world as one of us, and he suffered as we do. Help us to realize that you are with us at all times and in all things and that your loving grace enfolds us for eternity. For all who are weary and anxious this day, surround them with your care, protect them by your loving might and permit them once more to know peace and safety. Turn the hearts of the violent from the way of evil. May the barriers that divide us crumble, suspicions disappear and hatreds cease. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the hurt, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless and deliver all who have been harmed. May we live in justice and peace. We ask all this in the name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.
Offered by the Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)
May the souls of the departed rest in peace. May God console the families and friends of those who lost their lives. May God help all the injured heal, and give them and their families courage and hope for the days ahead. May God guide the hands of the doctors and nurses. And may God bless all the people of Boston.
Offered by Fr. James Martin, SJ
Let us be united in our prayers and in our love.