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Bishop Cupich leads prayers for Newtown victims
Story and photo by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register
(From the January 17, 2013 , 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Bishop Blase Cupich and Father Darrin Connall stand on the steps of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes the morning of Dec. 21 for a prayer service in honor of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (IR photo)
Bishop Blase Cupich led a prayer service on the steps of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, to pray for the victims of those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one week before.
Accompanying him was Father Darrin Connall, rector of the cathedral.
A crowd gathered at the base of the steps as the cathedralís bells tolled.
Following is Bishop Cupichís prayer:
O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather at the hour a week ago today in which students, teachers and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut suffered incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died, innocent children barely out of infancy, heroic teachers, and even the misguided gunman who brought this tragedy on our nation.
We beg you in your compassion to heal the pain of grieving parents and families and all who loved those lost in this moment of heartbreak. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women of good will and peace among the nations of the Earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred and heal those who suffer from emotional illness.
God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as our nation and its leaders confront the causes of this terrible event. Grant that we who remain may live our lives and make decisions that will honor those who died so senselessly.
Ever faithful God, as we anxiously await the arrival of the Prince of Peace in this Advent and Christmas season, give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.
We ask this in faith of you God of mercy and compassion, forever and ever, AMEN.
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