Friday, September 9, 2011

Prayer: Remember 9-11

Almighty God, the events of September 11, 2001, are indelibly inscribed in our memories.

We looked on with horror at the terrorist attacks of that fateful day. But we looked with love and pride to see the awesome acts of courage by the many ordinary people who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction.

We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost. We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope. You have turned our grief into determination. We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.

Help us to remember what it means to be Americans—a people endowed with your abundant blessings. Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy and inspire us to stand, with courage, united as one Nation in the face of any adversity.

Lord, hear this prayer for our beloved Nation under You, our God. Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer composed by a Navy chaplain available at The White House resources for 9-11 Remembrance.)

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For more on how to pray and remember 9-11 click here for USCCB: 9/11 The Catholic Church Remembers.

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