For a Tragedy

In the midst of the tragic school shooting this morning in Connecticut, I offer this prayer. It is the Collect for the Holy Innocents, those children who were slaughtered by King Herod in his vile attempt to kill the newborn King of the Jews. Sadly, and all too tragically, it fits for today:

“We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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