Prayer Service for Newtown CT

The Gathering Rite:

Cantor : Peace be with you!      All: And also with you.

We gather this evening to pray with and for

our sisters and brothers in Newtown, Connecticut

in the wake of their monumental loss.

As we prayer together this evening

let us hold all those whose lives have been profoundly

changed by these event – in our prayer.

We invite you to please join your voices

in our Gathering Song (options):

#649 You Are Mine

#59 Ps.62:In God Alone

#258 Celtic Alleluia

#166 Mass of Creation

#31 Ps.23: Shepherd Me, O God

#612 Amazing Grace (vs.1,2 & 5)

The Greeting:

In the name of the Father,

+ and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The God of Life,

who broke the bonds of death

and raised Jesus from the tomb,

be with you all.

R. And also with you.

Presider’s Introduction:

At this time, the presider addresses the assembly with any words of welcome or introduction.


The Opening Prayer:

Let us pray: (pause)

O God, Source of all life

and goal of all creation,

through the prophet’s vision,
You promised to destroy death forever;

and in the paschal mystery of Jesus,

the first-fruits of all who have died,

you brought that promise to fulfillment.

For all the departed

who found light and life in Christ,

who took up the cross,

and followed in Christ’s footsteps,

grant the fulfillment of their faith

at the banquet of life

and the joy of sharing in the salvation

for which they waited.

We ask this through the Christ, our Lord.


A Reading from the Gospel of John (John 10:11-15)

I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them.

This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me,

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

REFLECTION: ___________________

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

God the almighty Father raised Christ his Son from the dead; With confidence we now ask God for comfort and consolation during this time of loss.

• For those injured in the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, for all victims of violence, and for their loved ones, that the courage and peace of Christ might be in their hearts, we pray…

• For those who feel lost in mind and heart as a result of today’s shootings, that through the intercession of the Good Shepherd who seeks out and rescues the lost and the broken, they may find comfort and consolation, we pray…

• For administrators, clergy, police, teachers, counselors, ministers, and for all those laboring to assist those in need, in gratitude for their sacrifices, and in hopes that God might grant them strength and courage, we pray…

• For an end to violence in our nation and in all nations, and that the Holy Spirit might use this tragedy to inspire people of good will everywhere to act with wisdom, discernment, and courage to find creative solutions to limit senseless violence and to foster the ideals of justice and peace, we pray…

• For the individuals who carried out these shootings, and for all those who choose violence, that Christ’s call to peace, and the call to peace of all major religious traditions, may prevail in their hearts, in our hearts, and in our world, we pray…

• For our community at ______________, and for our families and friends, particularly for those among us that may know someone directly affected by the tragic events in Newtown Connecticut. That we may be consoled, and that the Holy Spirit might move our hearts to compassion and a commitment to labor for peace and an end to needless violence, we pray…

• And for all those who have lost their lives from this tragedy, and for all the faithful departed, in the hope that they now know the fullness of peace and joy with the risen Christ, we pray…

God of life, you will that all people may come to you through your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us the grace to follow you all the days of our life.

We ask this through Christ your Son. Amen.

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Let us pray: (pause)

Into your hands, Father of mercies,

We commend our brothers and sisters

of the Newtown Connecticut Community,

in the sure and certain hope

that, together with all who have died in Christ,

they will rise with him on the last day.

Merciful Lord,

Turn toward us and listen to our prayers:

open the gates of paradise to your servants

and help us who remain

to comfort one another with assurances of faith,

until we all meet in Christ

and are with You

and our sisters and brothers for ever.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

 

FINAL BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Let us pray:

O God,

receive into the light of your peace the victims of the

Newtown Connecticut Community

and hear the lament of those who mourn their death.

Keep their memory always before us

and rid every heart of violence and vengeance,

that hatred may be banished from the face of the earth

and the family of nations brought together in peace.

Sustain us in these present trials;

bind us now, more than ever, to you and to each other,

so that we may triumph by the power of him who loves us,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

And so, together with confidence let us pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father …

For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Into your hands, Father of mercies,

we commend our brothers and sisters of the Newton Connecticut Community

in the sure and certain hope

that, together with all who have died in Christ,

they will rise with him on the last day.

Merciful Lord,

turn toward us and listen to our prayers:

open the gates of paradise to your servant

and help us who remain

to comfort one another with assurance of faith,

until we all meet in Christ

and are with you and with our sisters and brothers for ever.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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