Prayers for Sins of Violence

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In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, prayers for sins of violence, as collected in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers:

“In the sight of this evil, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence – a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?  In silence, then, we bow our heads before the endless line of those who suffered and were put to death; We beg forgiveness and reconciliation and that God may never let this happen again.  God of compassion, draw men and women to conversion and help them to see that violence does not bring peace.”  – Pope Bendict XVI at Auschwitz


Psalm 44:14, 23-27

You made us the reproach of our neighbors, the mockery and the scorn of those around us.  Yet for your sake we are being slain all the day: we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. Awake! Why are you asleep, O Lord? Arise! Cast us not off forever! Why do you hide your face, forgetting our woe and our oppression? For our souls are bowed down to the dust, our bodies pressed to the earth. Arise, help us!  Redeem us for your kindness.


Reperation for Sins Against Life

Heavenly Father, your holiness, revealed in Jesus, challenges us to renounce violence, to forsake revenge, and to love without discrimination, without measure.  Teach us the surpassing truth of the Gospel, which puts worldly wisdom to shame, that we may recognize as one with us even our enemies and persecutors, and to see all people as your children. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


Reparation for Sins of Violence

Above the clamor of violence your Word of truth resounds, O God of majesty and power. Over nations enshrouded in despair your justice dawns.  Grant your household a discerning spirit and a watchful eye to perceive the hour in which we live. Hasten the advent of the day when the weapons of war shall be cast off, and your scattered children gathered into one.  We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.