Prayer For Uvalde – Lament And Hope, Light In The Darkness

The following liturgy will be prayed this evening, May 26, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. central time
in person and online at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde, Texas.

Officiant: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Let us pray:

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord. In your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers, and let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Song: The Lord is my light (Taizé)
     The Lord is my light, my light and salvation: 
          in God I trust, in God I trust.

Psalm 23 (spoken in unison)

1   The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.

2   He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.

3   He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those
who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.

6   Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (31:15-17)

Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the Lord: they shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Homily

Song: Come and fill our hearts (Taizé)
Come and fill our hearts with your peace. 
You alone, O Lord are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace, alleluia!

V: O God of compassion who bears our burdens and pains; 
R: Our hearts have been broken and our peace shattered by violence and gunfire.

V: We are weary because of our groaning;
R: Every night we flood our bed with tears and drench our couch with weeping (Psalm 6:6).

V: Our eyes waste away with grief (Psalm 6:7);
R: Have pity on us, Lord, for we are weak (Psalm 6:2).

V: Our spirit shakes with terror; 
R: How long, O Lord, how long (Psalm 6:3)?

V: Yet you are the one who took us out of the womb (Psalm 22:9);
R: We have been entrusted to you ever since we were born (Psalm 22:10).

V: We turn to you, O Lord;
R: To whom else can we go (John 6:68)?

Song: Within our darkest night (Taizé)
Within our darkest night,
you kindle the fire
that never dies away,
never dies away.

The Prayers

We remember and hold before you, O Lord, all who died:

As the names are read the candles are lighted.

  • Nevaeh Bravo
  • Jackie Cazares
  • McKenna Elrod
  • Jose Flores, Jr.
  • Ellie Garcia
  • Irma Garcia
  • Uziyah Garcia
  • Amerie Garza
  • Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez
  • Xavier Lopez
  • Jayce Luevanos
  • Tess Marie Mata
  • Miranda Mathis
  • Eva Mireles
  • Alithia Ramirez
  • Salvador Ramos
  • Maite Rodriguez
  • Alexandria Rubio
  • Layla Salazar
  • Jailah Silguero
  • Eliahana Torres
  • Rogelio Torres

People: Let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the departed, through your mercy, rest in peace.

Remember in your mercy, Lord, all who mourn and grieve the death of family and friends. Deal graciously with them, that casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love.

People: Lord, hear our prayer and let our cry come to you.

Let your healing presence be upon all who were injured or affected in body, mind, or spirit. Give them comfort, courage, and hope. Restore them to life. 

People: Lord, hear our prayer and let our cry come to you.

Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish. Strengthen those who are weary, encourage those who despair, and lead us all to fullness of life.

People: Lord, hear our prayer and let our cry come to you.

As you, O Lord, weep for the pain of your children, so let us weep for the pain of ourselves and one another. Give us tears of compassion that our hearts may not become desensitized to violence or hardened by fear, prejudice, or indifference.

People: Lord, hear our prayer and let our cry come to you.

We thank you for first responders, law enforcement officers and agents, healthcare providers, counselors, and all who gave and continue to give of themselves to care for and protect all those affected by this shooting. Send you holy angels to sustain, guard, and protect them. 

People: Lord, hear our prayer and let our cry come to you.

That our faith may be demonstrated not just in thought and prayer but in words and actions, 

People: O God, inspire and empower us.

That we may have the political will and wisdom to end gun violence in this country,

People: O God, inspire and empower us.

That our actions may respect and promote the sanctity and dignity of every human being,

People: O God, inspire and empower us.

For the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and Robb Elementary School, their students, parents, and employees.

People: Nourish them with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, strengthen them to meet the days ahead, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace.

For the community of Uvalde and all who live here,

People: By the might of your Spirit lift us to your presence where we may be still and know that you are God. 

You are invited to offer either silently or aloud your intercessions and petitions.

~ Silence ~

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick and injured, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Song: O Lord, Hear My Prayer (Taizé)
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer.
     When I call answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer.
     Come and listen to me.

Officiant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Officiant: Let us pray.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory, 
for ever and ever. Amen.

Song: Be Still and Know that I am God
Be still and know that I am God. 
Be still and know that I am God. 
Be still and know that I am God. 
Be still, be still.

~ Silence ~

Blessing
Officiant: May God, our Creator, fill you with peace.
People: Amen.
Officiant: May Christ, our Savior, redeem all your sorrows.
People: Amen.
Officiant: May the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, heal and restore you.
People: Amen.
Officiant: And the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon you this night and remain with you for ever. 
People: Amen.

Dismissal 
Officiant: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God.

Download a PDF of this liturgy below.

5 comments

  1. Hello Fr. Michael,

    When I heard the news of what happened I immediately thought of you and your parish and how this would open up paths that none of you even could suspect a few days ago. I joined the online Evening Prayer and it was so beautiful to be with you. Please know how your friends in the Diocese of Northern California are hurting with and praying with and for you all. Grief truly is the price we pay for Love.

    With much love, Shawn Hampton

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  2. Hello Fr. Michael,

    When I heard the news of what happened I immediately thought of you and your parish and how this would open up paths that none of you even could suspect a few days ago. I joined the online Evening Prayer and it was so beautiful to be with you. Please know how your friends in the Diocese of Northern California are hurting with and praying with and for you all.
    Grief truly is the price we pay for Love.

    With much love,
    Shawn Hampton

    Like

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