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For the Christians of Egypt

Posted on: May 27th, 2017 by Alden No Comments

Today we grieve with the Coptic Christians of Egypt after gunmen attacked a bus of pilgrims headed to St. Samuel the Confessor monastery. The New York Times called the attack “a coldblooded escalation of sectarian violence targeting minority Christians that has left more than 100 dead since December.”

For the Christians of Egypt
Oh people of conscience,
Cry out.
For G-d calls us to stand
With our Christian brothers and sisters.

Source and Creator,
Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace
To the victims of the ongoing attacks
Against Christians in Egypt.
Remember, too, those murdered
Throughout the Christian world.

Today we remember with sorrow the recent
Attack on pilgrims to St. Samuel the Confessor.
Their lives were cut off
In acts of aggression and hate.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.
May they rest in peace.

Remember the survivors of this horror.
Grant them comfort and consolation.
Bless them with endurance to survive,
Strength to rebuild,
Faith to mourn,
Courage to heal,
And devotion to each other.

Oh G-d,
We implore You,
Look down upon the suffering
Of the Christians of Egypt.
Hold them close with Your mercy.

G-d of All,
With Your gentle and loving hand
Unite Your children
Under a canopy of peace.
Bring the light of salvation and healing
To the four corners of the earth.

© 2017 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: On April 9, suicide bombings killed 44 at two Coptic churches in Egypt. This prayer is based on  for “Racist Violence against Houses of Worship” and my “Liturgy after Terror Attacks.”

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Racist Violence against Houses of Worship

Posted on: July 5th, 2015 by Alden No Comments

Today witnessed a deadly racist attack at Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Center. Racist violence against houses of worship is far too common. Here’s an update of two prayers I wrote after a deadly shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Charleston, S.C., and an arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication in Israel. Optional language appears in [brackets]. May there come a time when this prayer is no longer needed.

ADDENDUM, April 9, 2017: Today we grieve with the Coptic community of Egypt.

ADDENDUM, June 19, 2017: Today we grieve with the Muslim Welfare House, London.

ADDENDUM, October 27, 2018: Today we grieve with Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh.

ADDENDUM, April 28, 2019: The last month has seen attacks against Muslims in New Zeland, Christians in Sri Lanka and Jews in California.

Racist Violence against Houses of Worship
Oh people of conscience,
Cry out.
Cry out against arrogance.
Cry out against hatred and anger.
Cry out against violence and oppression.
For G-d requires us to stand
In the name of justice and freedom,
For G-d requires us to oppose terror,
To muster our power and energy
Against racist aggression
And to protect all houses of prayer.

Oh G-d,
We implore You,
Look down upon the suffering
Perpetrated against churches, mosques and synagogues,
Against houses of worship in so many lands,
By the hand of wickedness,
By the hand of malevolence,
By the hand of ignorance and sin.
Today we remember with sadness the attacks on ________________
[Add names of religious institutions, such as “Islamic Cultural Center, Quebec City,” “Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal AME Church,” “Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish,” “Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue,” “Kano Central Mosque” or Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.]
[And the loss of precious life.]
[We remember: ________________. (Add names of individual victims.)]

With Your gentle and loving hand,
G-d of Shelter,
Unite all of your children
Under Your canopy of hope and love.
Bring the light of salvation and healing
To the four corners of the earth.

© 2015 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: There have been more than 90 documented attacks on historically black churches in the U.S. since 1956. On Wikipedia, there are 52 pages listing attacks on synagogues and Jewish communal organizations throughout the world; some of those pages include multiple incidents. Wikipedia also lists 21 pages of attacks on mosques. This prayer is an adaptation of my prayer “For the Yazidi People.” The introduction and the illustration for this prayer were updated on Jan. 30, 2017, in response to the shooting in Quebec City.

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Photo Source: Montreal Gazette (bullet hole in the window of a prayer room at a mosque in the Sablons neighborhood of Le Mans)

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