Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

At the Hand of Terror II: A 9-11 Memorial Prayer

9-11_Memorial_to_Pentagon_Victims-ArlingtonThis is a memorial prayer for those who lost their lives in the 9-11 attacks. It’s adapted from a prayer that is part of “A Liturgy for 9-11.” The original prayer, “At the Hand of Terror: A 9-11 Yizkor Prayer,” was written to be said in memory of an individual. This provides a general memorial prayer for use in communal worship. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.


At the Hand of Terror II: A 9-11 Memorial Prayer
Creator of all,
Source and shelter,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To those who died in the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
Remember the works of their hands
And the message of their hearts.
Grant their families peace and comfort for Your name’s sake
And for the sake of those who perished.
Bring an end to violence and terror,
Speedily, in our days.
May their memories be sanctified with joy and love.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: I’ve adapted another prayer for communal worship, resulting in a “Memorial Prayer for 9-11 First Responders.” Here’s a link to “A Liturgy for 9-11,” which does not have audio. Here are links to individual 9-11 prayers with audio: “For 9-11 Survivors,” “To the Terrorist” and “At the Hand of Terror: A 9-11 Yizkor Prayer.”

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2 Responses to “At the Hand of Terror II: A 9-11 Memorial Prayer”

  1. Mary Pohlman

    I am writing to request permission to print 20 copies of your prayer to have available for private prayer in our church on 9/11/11. Could you grant me permission for this one day use?
    Thank you,
    Mary Pohlman
    St. Jude Church
    Fort Wayne, IN

    • tobendlight

      Mary, I’m glad that you find meaning in this prayer. I’ll send a formal permission via email. The permission will note that printouts and copies need to include the copyright line. I hope that the observance of 9/11 is meaningful for you and others at St. Jude Church. Alden


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