The Dean’s Corner: Pray for the End of Violence

The Dean’s Corner
Pray for the End of Violence

Dear Friends,

The Very Rev. Bernard J OwensThis newsletter comes to you as we remain prayerfully attentive to protests that are happening in cities across our nation. The situation is very fluid and it is difficult to address our concerns and our responses in a monthly newsletter. As usual, please continue to follow our website, our social media channels and our weekly e-newsletter for updates.  Racial reconciliation is an important part of the ministry of The Episcopal Church, and we grieve for those impacted by systemic racism in general and violence in particular. I also ask that you join me in praying for an end to violence, and for the safety of those involved, from protesters to police officers to shopkeepers. We honor the dignity of every human being and believe that violence against anyone is violence against a sister or a brother in the family of God. 

A Prayer for the Human Family (Book of Common Prayer, p. 815)

 

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love, and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.