28 dead, including 20 kids, in Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting: Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, kills teacher mom in her Newtown home, drives her car to her school and opened fire before killing self
A Prayer for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Newtown, CT – By Fr. Alexander J. Kurien, Washington, D.C.
Heavenly Father our Benevolent Lord, Creator and Sustainer of us all, hear us, Your children, at this time of unbearable pain during this Holiday Season. We come to You because You are our Savior and Benefactor Who grants peace and solace to those who suffer. It is only You that can heal our wounds and ease our pain, especially of those crying families of those Children and Adults died in this massacre. We here by pray that you comfort the citizens of Newtown, CT at this time of terrible tragedy of trial and crisis. Shield them and us under the shadow of Your Cross. Grant to us, especially those friends and families in Newtown, Your peace, Your love and assistance. Bestow solace and strength to the families of the innocent victims of the barbaric acts of violence. Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your children who have fallen asleep in this tragedy, in Your Kingdom. Touch and heal those surviving young children of the Sandy Hook Elementary school, their siblings, parents, relatives, the teachers, and other employees. Work through the doctors, nurses, and emergency crews helping those injured and their families. We also pray for the emergency responders, the heroes of today, the school teachers protected the children, the local and federal law enforcement personnel, and the government officials responded and assisting the Victims. Help us and people throughout the world to comprehend that we are all your children. We are all brothers and sisters created in your image and likeness. Guide us to live in harmony with one another, respectful of each other’s human rights and human dignity. We ask this of you; for You are a benevolent and loving God and to You do we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen