Jimmy Smith/Flickr • bit.ly/2ykEorWThe Supplication October 2, 2017 Features 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].