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Vigils for Orlando


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This past week, members of St. Paul’s joined with the interfaith community of Milwaukee in solidarity and mourning. For the Sunday, June 19 service a special litany was read for the congregation:

A Litany for Peace

Giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family. In baptism we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all peoples, and respect the dignity of every human being. Strengthen our resolve to uphold our vows as we face the challenges and tragedies of violence and harm committed against your family.

For our dear ones, for our neighbors, for strangers and aliens, and those known to you alone, Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Righteousness, you have given our leaders, especially Barack, our President, the members of Congress, the judges of our courts and members of our legislatures, power and responsibility to protect us and to uphold our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

For all who bear such responsibility grant them the wisdom to protect all, and not just some, in the noise of competing voices, Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

God who hears the cries and prayers of all peoples, regardless of race, religion, nation or sexual orientation, strengthen our will to listen to others with whom we differ. With compassion and understanding, may we stand boldly for the values of your divine dominion on earth as in heaven. For we who serve you, Loving God,

Make us instruments of your peace.

God who protects, be present with first responders, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and those who enter places where violent acts against humankind take place day after day. Give them strength and sound judgment when confronted with harm. Grant them compassion for victims and family members.

For our brothers and sisters who risk their lives to protect our lives, Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

Merciful God, bind up the wounds of all who suffer from violence of any kind, those maimed and disfigured, those left alone and grieving, and those who struggle to get through one more day.

For all whose lives are forever marked by the scourge of violence, hatred, prejudice and death, and for the perpetrators of evil and terror, and for us all, grant us holy healing. Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

God who remembers, stir our memories for those who have died violent and wrongful deaths. Help us to be voices for those whose voices have been silenced. Receive them into your eternal love and care.

For all who have died, those who die today, and those who will die tomorrow, Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Justice, empower us to strive to change this broken world. Raise us from the ashes of hopelessness to bring healing and your hope to people who fear. Grant us the conviction to restore all people to unity with you and one another for Jesus’ sake.

For your dream of love and harmony to come more fully among us, Loving God,
Make us instruments of your peace.

CELEBRANT: All this we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ who offered his life so that all might live new lives as the beloved and forgiven of God, Amen.

Adapted from a Litany for Gun Violence Protection ( the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine), by the Rev. Steven Teague, St. Paul’s Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Select images from the June 13 vigil where people from all walks of life in Milwaukee joined as one community, while the bell from City Hall rang in remembrance of the Pulse Orlando tragedy.

An Interfaith Prayer Service of Remembrance & Hope was held on June 16 at Milwaukee’s Episcopal Cathedral in response to the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida.