O God, our Father, who hears the
cries of Your children, look upon us
in Your mercy. We pray that we be
delivered from the evil of the killings
that stalks our island. It is a violence
that has deprived our people of peace;
a violence that has orphaned many
families; and a violence that has
traumatized and instilled paralyzing fear
in our communities.
Stretch out Your loving hands, O Father,
and move us so that we may truly
be our ‘brother’s keeper’. Embolden
our government offi cials to speak out
against the killings.
Challenge our police and military
personnel to fully embrace their
mandate to serve and protect the
people. Empower our communities to
stand for the sanctity and primacy of
life. Disturb those responsible for this
evil and have blood in their hands,
especially the ones who are impelled by
their ideological agenda. May they have
a change of heart and be renewed.
Be with us, O Lord, so that, in these
dark times, we may have the courage
to be instruments of Your peace.
This we ask through Jesus Your Son,
the Prince of Peace, who lives and
reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, the
Giver of Life, one God,
forever and ever.