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


Laments and mourning


Rest for the dead and the suffering


Comfort and solace



Wisdom about fear

Blessed be the Lord,

for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me

when I was beset as a city under siege.

I had said in my alarm,

"I am driven far from your sight."

But you heard my supplications

when I cried out to you for help.

Love the Lord, all you his saints.

The Lord preserves the faithful,

but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,

all you who wait for the Lord.

--Psalm 31


"Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's knowledge."

--Matthew 10:24-33


The whole world is a very narrow bridge. And the most important thing is to not be afraid.

--Rabbi Nachman of Breslov


Whosoever submits his will to God, while doing good, his wage is with his Lord, and no fear shall be upon them, neither shall they sorrow.

--Qur'an 2:112


In paradise there is [no such thing as] fear;

Thou art not there, nor shrinks one from old age.

Hunger and thirst, these two transcending,

Sorrow, surpassing, a man makes merry in paradise.

--Katha Upanishad

Perfect love casts out fear.

--John 4:18


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