For the Victims of the Vehicular Assault in Charlottesville

For the Victims of an Act of Terrorism

Merciful God in heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, peace and rest to those whose lives were taken in the attack in Charlottesville, and comfort those who mourn them. Give strength and courage to those who were injured, and bless those who minister unto them. Grant the people of Virginia and this nation the resolve to carry on their lives with faith and dignity, that they may bear witness to thy salvation, and may come eventually to know the joys of thy kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Written for remembrance of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15th, 2013, and first used on Sunday, April 21st, 2013. Reused on September 22nd, 2013, for the victims of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Washington, DC, and on too many occasions since.

The Massacre of the Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents
by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

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