Let Our Cries Come Unto You

A response to 9/11: Prayers of anguish and words of solace from the world's religious traditions.

Pleas for mercy and aid

Laments and mourning

Rest for the dead and the suffering

Comfort and solace


Pleas for mercy and aid

I rock with grief,

fear and trembling overwhelm me;

for I see violence and strife in the city.

I say, "If only I had wings like a dove

That I might fly away and find rest."

--Psalm 55


Behold, I cry out, "Violence!" but I am not answered;

I call aloud, but there is no justice.

--Job 19


To Allah we belong and to him we shall return. Oh Allah, help me in my calamity and replace it with good.

--Muslim prayer

Share the Words That Comfort You Most

What phrases from sacred texts, prayers, or poems do you turn to in times like these?

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My eyes fail with watching for thy promise;

I ask, "When wilt thou comfort me?"

--Psalm 119


These two things have befallen you --

who will condole with you? --

devastation and destruction, famine and sword;

who will comfort you?

--Isaiah 51


But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

-- John 11


Comfort, give comfort to my people.

--Isaiah 40

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