The following is a special prayer for the victims of the tragic shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif. It was issued by St. Michael’s University Church in Isla Vista. Share your prayer in the comments below.
Loving God, Jesus welcomed and gathered all people into his arms, and blessed them in the name of peace and love. Be with the victims of this tragedy and those who mourn alongside them. As all things are possible with you, redeem this horror with the immensity of your love. Be with us as we struggle with the mysteries of life and death; in our pain, bring your comfort, and in our sorrow, bring your hope and your promise of new life, in the name our Creator, Life Giver and Pain Bearer. Amen.