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A Prayer for Peace on Patriot Day

The Cathedral joins in prayer with the countless number of people who were and continue to be touched by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This day - Patriot Day - is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance in memory and in honor of the 2,996 people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York city, Arlington, Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As a nation, united under God, we recall the lives of those victims who were the casualties of senseless violence and mourn their stolen hopes and dreams.

On this day, most especially, let our prayer be for peace in our world as we continue to strive to bring the light of Christ into the hearts of those who are suffering the most.


Father of all, God of all nations, we give you thanks for the mystery of infinite compassion and love expressed in the covenant of creation and renewed through the blood of the new and everlasting covenant shed by your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of all people.

With our brothers and sisters of other world faiths, we employ your mercy and pray for an end to violence. May all people live together in peace and tranquility, recognizing your own divine image, giving you praise and glory here on earth and together forever in your kingdom as you live and reign, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.



Let us also pray

-for the Church, that she may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001

-for all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace

-for the safety of our servicemen and women abroad, for civil servants who protect us and keep us safe, and for all who live with war and violence

-for our leaders and for the leaders of nations, that they may work together to address the problems that provide fertile ground for the growth of terrorism

-for the ability to forgive and for an end to all hatred, beginning in our own hearts

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