Prayer following the attacks in Sri Lanka
For Christians everywhere, Easter is the most important festival. It is a festival of great joy because Christ was risen from the dead and overcame the power of death. Therefore it was with great shock and sadness we watched the news of the attacks on Catholic churches during Easter Sunday masses in Sri Lanka which has caused 207 deaths so far.
Lord God – as each of us understands you – help us to recognize the truth and beauty in all religious faiths when they are lived with good will and love for our neighbors. Receive the souls of those who have died. Give doctors and nurses the gift of healing to help the injured. Support the broken hearted and forgive us our own trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us. In the words of Jesus himself – “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Amen.