Season of Creation

Planet First! The Feast of St. Francis, October 4, 2017

Earl Warren Supreme Court Building

Franciscans Against the Death Penalty

Today we gather on this Feast of St. Francis to remember God’s goodness in our creation; we gather to remember that all of life is worth our respect; we gather to remember those who live on our streets, those who have died in Las Vegas, and victims of violence throughout the world.

Let pray:

A Litany for This Day

Remembering especially victims and first responders of the Las Vegas mass shooting and the victims and first responders of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Harvey, IrmaJose, Katia, and Lee, and for all who have asked for our prayers.
 
Holy God, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy on us.
Holy and Mighty, Redeemer of our humanity,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Immortal One, Sanctifier of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
 
From all evil; from pride, vanity and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice; and from all evil intent,
Savior deliver us.
 
From hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
Savior deliver us.
 
From hurricane and flood, famine and disaster; from violence, murder, and dying unprepared,
Savior deliver us.
 
In all times of sorrow, in the hour of our death and at the day of judgment,
Savior deliver us.
 
By your ministry in word and work; by your mighty acts of power; by the preaching of your reign,
Savior deliver us.
 
By your agony and trial; by your cross and passion; by your precious death and burial,
Savior deliver us.
 
By your mighty resurrection; by your glorious ascension; and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
Savior deliver us.
 
Hear our prayers, O Christ our God.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Enlighten your bishops, priests, deacons, and lay people with knowledge and understanding, that by their teaching and their lives they may proclaim your word.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Strengthen those who stand; comfort and help the fainthearted; raise up the fallen; and finally beat down Satan under our feet.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Give your wisdom and strength to the President of the United States, the Members of Congress and especially the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, the Governors of Nevada and Puerto Rico and the mayors of San Juan and Las Vegas, and all others in authority, that by your grace they may do justice, and love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Bless the justices of the Supreme Court as they begin their new term, and all those who administer the law, that they may act with integrity and do justice for all your people.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Comfort and liberate the fearful, the bereaved, and especially those who do not know the condition of their loved ones.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Keep in safety those who travel, and especially first responders who are helping or going to help in Puerto Rico and in Las Vegas and all who are in peril.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Guard and protect all children who are in danger.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Forgive our enemies, persecutors and slanderers, and turn their hearts.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Hear us as we remember those who have died in Puerto Rico and in Las Vegas and those who will die today, and grant us with them a share in your eternal glory.
Hear us, O Christ.

Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your word.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
By your relentlessly creative love, work your will in us to heal the breach and restore the streets to live in.
Hear us, O Christ.
 
Grant us courage of heart, strength of mind, and stamina of spirit to be your instruments for the healing of your world.
 
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us.
 
 
 by the Rev. Molly Haws and the Rev. Stacey Grossman, Episcopal Diocese of California.

In Silence Let Us Stand In Protest against All Violence and Against the Death Penalty

Today all around us there are people without housing, and food, and as we pray the Prayer of St. Francis I invite you to move out and talk to someone on the street, to give them a bag lunch or one of the candy bars we have here.  Let us see them as we all are, the broken body of Christ, and reach out and simply be present with someone. Let us pray:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Go in peace! Go Serve!

 

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