An excerpt from “A Liturgical Appeal from Bishop Hirschfeld in the Wake of the Orlando Massacre” (June 2016), via Bishops United Against Gun Violence

O Lord, arise, help us;
and deliver us for your Name’s sake.

O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers and mothers have declared unto us, the noble works that you have done in their days, and in the time before them.

O Lord, arise, help us;
and deliver us for your Name’s sake.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

O Lord, arise, help us;
and deliver us for your Name’s sake.

V. From our enemies defend us, O Christ;
R. Graciously behold our afflictions.
V. With compassion behold the sorrows of our hearts;
R. Mercifully forgive the sins of your people.
V. Favorably with mercy hear our prayers;
R. O Son of David, have mercy upon us.
V. Both now and evermore we humbly pray you to hear us, O Christ;
R. Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

The Officiant concludes

Let us pray.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (For the Human Family, BCP, p. 815)

Read the rest [PDF].

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