March 16, 2019

MIA Special Prayer Intention: For the Victims of the Christchurch Terrorist Attack

Mercy International Association joins Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand in grief, prayer and solidarity with the victims, their families, the people of Christchurch and all New Zealanders in response to the horrific and deadly attacks at the Masjid Al Noor and the Linwood Masjid mosques.

At an international gathering in Baggot Street yesterday of Australian, New Zealand, Irish and Canadian citizens, the following prayer was prayed:

God of Mercy,

All that You have created is good and your compassion for the mistakes of humankind knows no limits.

We come to You today to ask You to keep in peace the world and its people, to keep far away from it the devastating wave of terrorism, to restore friendship and instil in the hearts of Your creatures the gift of trust and of readiness to forgive.

O Giver of life, we pray to You also for all those who have died as victims of brutal terrorist attacks. Grant them their eternal reward. May they intercede for the world that is torn apart by conflicts and disagreements.

Jesus, Prince of Peace, we pray to You for the ones who have been wounded in these acts of inhuman violence: children and young people, old people and innocent people accidentally involved in evil. Heal their bodies and hearts; console them with Your strength and, at the same time, take away any hatred and a desire for revenge.

Holy Spirit Consoler, visit the families of the victims of terrorism, families that suffer through no fault of their own. Wrap them in the mantle of Your mercy. Make them find again in You and in themselves the strength and courage to continue to be brothers and sisters for others, giving witness to Your love by their lives.

Touch the hearts of terrorists so that they may recognise the evil of their actions and may turn to the way of peace and goodness, of respect for the life and for the dignity of every human being, regardless of religion, origin, wealth or poverty.

Merciful God, hear our prayer which we raise up to You amidst the deafening noise and desperation of the world. We turn to You with great hope, we entrust ourselves to the intercession of Your Most Holy Mother. We ask for the gift of peace and of the elimination from our midst of the scourge of terrorism.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/07/31/160731a.html

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