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General Christian hymns and litanies, plus specific prayers and readings from Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Episcopal churches.
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Episcopal Prayer

God the compassionate one, whose loving care extends to all the world, we remember this day your children of many nations and many faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Console those who continue to suffer and grieve, and give them comfort and hope as they look to the future. Out of what we have endured, give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy, and show our leaders the way to use our power to serve the good of all for the healing of the nations. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord who, in reconciling love, was lifted up from the earth that he might draw all things to himself. Amen.

--Prepared by The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church, USA, for September 11 anniversary observances.


Selected Greek Orthodox Prayers

To be said during the Divine Liturgy:
Again we pray for the families of the victims of the terrorist attack ofSeptember 11th, that they may be granted help and strength from above, andfor those wounded by this unjust attack, for their salvation and completerestoration to health.

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To be said during during the Memorial Service:
Again we pray for the blessed memory and eternal repose of the souls of theinnocent victims of the barbaric attack of September 11th, of those whounjustly lost their lives and of those who heroically fell in the line ofduty attempting to help these victims.

--Provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more about Greek Orthodox September 11 memorials, visit the archdiocese's September 11 Memorial website.


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Christian Prayers & Litanies
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Prayers for Children and Family

A Prayer for Victims and Those Who Miss Them
Merciful God, be with us and all the people of the world as we rememberthose who died last year because of the attacks. We remember their livesand give thanks for the time that they lived among us and we pray that youwill comfort their families and friends who miss them so much. Amen.

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A Prayer for Rescue Workers and All Helpers
God, we thank you for all the kind and brave people who worked so hard tohelp others after the attacks. Thank you for police officers, firefighters, construction workers, medical workers and all the other people whogave their time to help others during the last year. Bless them and help usalways to remember to help each other every day. Amen.

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A Prayer for Those Who Have Hurt Us
O God, it is so hard to pray for people who have hurt us. Open our heartsand spirits so that we can see that people who hurt us are people who arehurting in their own way. We pray that you will send your healing power tothem and to us, and keep us all from hatred and cruelty so that we may learnto live together. Amen.

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A Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, we pray for peace in the world. Help the leaders of all thecountries to make good decisions. Help us all to learn to live together andto try to understand each other even though we may seem very different fromeach other. Remind us when we forget, that we are all your children whoshare this earthly home. Help us to live in peace and harmony. Amen.

--Prayers written by Rev. Patricia Mitchell and provided by St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. For more information on September 11 anniversary programs at St. Bart's, visit the church's website.

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