Violence has broken out again among our children.
We are shocked, pained, astounded, angry
at the injuries one child has caused
and at the injury in his soul
that could allow him to act so brutally toward others.

We pray for all who attend to all these wounds,
in hospitals, counseling sessions, pharmacies,
in homes, in huddles of friends,
and in our congregations.

We pray for all who will manage the aftermath,
in schools, classrooms, board meetings,
in halls of policy and legislation.

We pray, not knowing answers,
beyond seeking answers,
simply seeking you.

Jesus, healer of our souls,
the nearer waters roll
and overwhelm us.
We all to your bosom fly.


Taylor Burton-Edwards


A Litany for the Prevention of Gun Violence 

written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal Bishop of Maine

Giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family and called us to live together in

harmony and peace. Surround us with your love as we face the challenges and tragedies of gun



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 Donald, our President, and Rick,

our Governor, 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, for all who struggle to discern what is right in the face of

powerful political forces, Loving God

Make us instruments of your peace.


God of Compassion, we give you thanks for first responders, for police officers, firefighters and

EMTs, and all those whose duties bring them to the streets, the lobbies, the malls and the

homes where the carnage of gun violence takes place day after day. Give them courage and

sound judgment in the heat of the moment and grant them compassion for the victims.

For our brothers and sisters who risk their lives and their serenity as they rush to our aid, Loving


Make us instruments of your peace.


Merciful God, bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence, those maimed and

disfigured, those left alone and grieving, and those who struggle to get through one more day.

Bless them with your presence and help them find hope.

For all whose lives are forever marked by the scourge of gun violence, Loving God

Make us instruments of your peace.


God Who Remembers, may we not forget those who have died in Las Vegas, and in more than 270 mass shootings so far in 2017, in the gun violence that we have allowed to become routine. Receive them into your heart and comfort us with your promise of 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, help us, your church, find our voice. Empower us to change this broken world

and to protest the needless deaths caused by gun violence. Give us power to rise above our

fear that nothing can be done and grant us the conviction to advocate for change.

For your dream of love and harmony, Loving God

Make us instruments of your peace.


All this we pray in the name of the One who offered his life so that we might live, Jesus the

Christ. Amen.



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Worship Times - Holy Week

Unfortunately, we will not be live-streaming our 10 a.m. Palm Sunday service this morning. We ask that you tune in to Bishop Peter Eaton's service from Trinity Cathedral on Facebook at In addition, you may tune in to the 11:15 a.m. online service from the Washington National Cathedral at

Palm Sunday, April 5, at 10:00AM:     The Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

Holy Monday, April 6 at 8:30PM:     Compline

Holy Tuesday, April 7 at 8:30PM:     Compline

Holy Wednesday, April 8 at 12:05PM:     Noonday Healing Prayers

Holy Wednesday, April 8 at 8:30PM:     Candlelight Compline
Those praying Compline are invited to light a candle for the service.

Maundy Thursday, April 9 at 7:00PM:     Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Good Friday, April 10 at Noon:     Good Friday Liturgy
Those praying with us are invited to have a cross or a picture of a cross nearby if they are able for the Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday, April 11 at Noon:     Holy Saturday Liturgy

Holy Saturday, April 11 at 8:30PM:     Compline

Easter Sunday, April 12 at 10:00AM:     Easter Holy Communion