Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Prayer for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.

We grieve with our beloved sisters and brothers who were brutally killed in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's oldest black churches, on Wednesday evening. I invite you to pause, reflect, pray and act peaceably to overcome all manifestations of violence. Let us pray:

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 815)

The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
VIII Episcopal Bishop in Rochester, N.Y.