Let Our Cries Come Unto You

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

 

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Pleas for mercy and aid

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Laments of mourning and affliction

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Rest for the dead and the suffering

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Comfort and strength

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Fear



Repose for the dead, rest for the suffering

And in Christ are blessed all those who look to him at the point of death; those who die suddenly or violently; all who mourn the death of a loved one; and those for whom the process of dying is fearful. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


--Jesuit Prayer to the Mother of God



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When wandering alone, parted from loving friends; When the shapes of one's empty thought-forms dawn upon one here, may the Buddhas, exercising the power of their divine compassion, let there be neither awe nor terror in the bardo [transition state once life has ended].


--The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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O Allah, ease upon him his matters, and make light for him whatever comes hereafter, and honor him with Your meeting and make that which he has gone to better than that which he came out from.


--Muslim funeral prayer

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Yit-gadal v'yit-kadash sh'may raba b'alma dee-v'ra che-ru-tay, ve'yam-lich mal-chutay b'chai-yay-chon uv'yo-may-chon uv-cha-yay d'chol beit Yisrael, ba-agala u'vitze-man ka-riv, ve'imru amen. Y'hay sh'may raba me'varach le-alam uleh-almay alma-ya.

Yit-barach v'yish-tabach, v'yit-pa-ar v'yit-romam v'yit-nasay, v'yit-hadar v'yit-aleh v'yit-halal sh'may d'koo-d'shah, b'rich hoo. layla (ool-ayla)* meen kol beer-chata v'she-rata, toosh-b'chata v'nay-ch'mata, da-a meran b'alma, ve'imru amen.

Y'hay sh'lama raba meen sh'maya v'cha-yim aleynu v'al kol Yisrael, ve'imru amen.

O'seh shalom beem-romav, hoo ya'ah-seh shalom aleynu v'al kol Yisrael, ve'imru amen.

[Magnified and sanctified be Your name, O God, throughout the world, which You have created according to Your will. May Your sovereignty be accepted in our own days, in our lives, and in the life of all the House of Israel, speedily and soon, and let us say, Amen.

May Your great name be blessed for ever and ever.

Exalted and honored, adored and acclaimed be Your name, O Holy One, blessed are You, whose glory transcends all praises, songs, and blessings voiced in the world, and let us say, Amen.

Grant abundant peace and life to us and to all Israel, and let us say, Amen.

May You who establish peace in the heavens, grant peace to us, to Israel, and to all the earth, and let us say, Amen.

May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.]

--from the Jewish Kaddish for Mourners

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If we have died with Christ, we believe we shall also live with him.


--Romans 6

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From the earth did We


Create you, and into it


Shall We return you


And from it shall We


Bring you out once again.


--Surah Ta-Ha (Muslim)

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Saints of God, come to their aid;


Come to meet them, angels of the Lord.


Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,


and let perpetual light shine upon them.


--Roman Catholic prayers for the dead

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Mother of waters,


Father of rain,


You have taken back your own.


As a stream flows into a river,


as a river flows into the sea, may (his) spirit flow


to the waters of healing,


to the waters of rebirth.


--Pagan Book of Living and Dying

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O God of spirits and of all flesh, who has trampled down Death and made powerless the Devil, and given life to the world; do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of verdure, a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.


--Eastern Orthodox Trisagion for the Dead

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Exalted, compassionate God, grant perfect peace in Your sheltering Presence, among the holy and the pure who shine with the splendor of the firmament, to the soul of our dear one who has gone to his eternal home. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life. The Lord is his portion. May he rest in peace. And let us say: Amen.


--El Malei Rachamim, Jewish Prayer for the Departed

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