Let Our Cries Come Unto You

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

Continued from page 4

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 shelteringPresence, among the holy and the pure who shine with the splendorof the firmament, to the soul of our dear one who has goneto 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

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 consolation

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Fear



Comfort, solace, and strength

Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted.


--Matthew 5



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The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.


He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;


he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


--Psalm 23

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Hold on to what is good


even if it is a handful of earth.


Hold on to what you believe


even if it is a tree which stands by itself


Hold onto what you must do


even if it is a long way from here.


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