Church contributes a prayer for Paris

Church contributes a prayer for Paris

This prayer has been contributed by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, in response to the unfolding tragedy in Paris.

Picture: People gather at St Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh to remember those who tragically lost their lives and injured in Paris on Friday night, 13 November.

Rev Calum MacLeod minister at St Giles High Kirk, Edinburgh expressed horror at the “wicked” act in Paris during the service on Sunday morning, 15 November, which was to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attracks by terrorists.  Around 600 people gathered for the service at St Giles Cathedral, which will included a minute’s silence.

paris‘Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart’

(Psalm 34:14, Good News Version)

God of the suffering,
our prayers this day are for all who suffer
and especially this day for the people of Paris
in their pain and grief
in the midst of evil.

We pray for parents grieving the loss of their children;
children mourning the loss of their parents;
neighbours stricken by the loss of friends;
lovers torn apart through shocking violence.

We pray for those who today begin the long road to recovery:
those deeply injured and fighting for life;
those who have witnessed unspeakable horrors;
those who heroically sought to save lives
and those already working to rekindle the embers of hope.

God of the suffering,
our prayers this day are for all who strive for peace
and for all those who are especially fearful this day,
those who don’t know which way to turn,
those who fear being unjustly blamed.

We pray for peace makers
not the empty peace of keeping warring sides apart
but the deep peace in which enemies embrace
the peace of your community of love,
the peace of your Son,
the Prince of Peace.


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