As events unfold in Greater Boston, here’s a new prayer for the people of the United States, written from Israel. Although this prayer is aimed at the immediate wound of the Boston Marathon bombings, it carries a sensitivity toward other violence and tragedy. Here are two prayers which I previously posted in the wake of the bombings: “Bombing at the Boston Marathon” and “For Terror Survivors.”
For the People of the United States, From Israel
Source and Creator,
Grant the people of the United States,
The citizens of Massachusetts,
And the greater community of Boston
Safety and shelter,
In these hours and days of fear and dread.
We, too, know the sound of gun fire,
The echo of explosions,
The terror and pain,
The loss and dismay,
The long wait for news
And long journey to heal.
As we remember the victims and survivors of this horror,
We also remember the suffering and despair that has
Wounded the nation:
Coal mine disasters,
Family violence and
Renew this land, G-d of Old.
Protect the residents from physical harm.
Restore this people, G-d of Justice.
Shield them from emotional pain.
Heal this nation, G-d of Mercy.
Bind these wounds with your steadfast love.
Hand of consolation and shelter,
Grant the people of the United States Your protection
Your wholeness and peace.
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Postscript: Click here to read the entire Liturgy for 9-11, including an overview of concerns that emerged in developing these prayers. It also includes suggestions for other prayers that fit with the themes of 9-11. Here are links to “To the Terrorist” and “Memorial Prayer for 9-11 First Responders.”
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