On Tuesday, September 11, the Associated Student Body will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial in front of the Golden Gymnasium. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take a few moments to visit the memorial for a moment of prayer and reflection and to consider praying for the families affected by the attacks, for our police, fire departments, military, and other groups that serve us daily offering thanks for their sacrifice and for our freedom and liberty.
The memorial will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Office of Spiritual Development also sent the campus community prayers to be used on 9/11:
Prayer for those who grieve:
God of all mercy,
We look to you on this day which is marked with sorrow and bereavement. Comfort all whose hearts are heavy and sad. Draw near to all who cry out, may your healing flow to the broken places, may your sustaining and guiding presence mark their day. Grant, O Lord, that they would know the fullness of your love, the peace that passes understanding, the new mercies you offer each day.
“May the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. AMEN (Hebrews 13: 20-21)
Prayer resources from Book of Common Prayer according to the usage of the Episcopal Church, Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979. (These prayers are in the public domain and may be printed here and used by Christians of any denomination)
For the Human Family
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.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love:
So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen.
For Peace Among Nations
Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Our Enemies
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies:
Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the President of the United States and All in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom, and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen