Blessing of the September 11, 2001 Memorial Plaque

September 11, 2011 in Events

This is the text of the prayer of blessing that was used at the 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday, September 11:

V      Our help is in the name of the Lord
R     Who made heaven and earth

Blessed are you, O Lord, God of mercy and Giver of all good gifts.
In Jesus your Son who gave his life for our salvation
you have given us a marvelous example of charity
and have called us to follow the great commandment
that we love one another with that very same love
with which he has first loved us.

Hear us, we pray,
and send down your blessing upon us
as we dedicate this memorial of the tragic loss of life
and the heroic self-sacrifice of September 11, 2001.

Grant us, O Lord,
that peace which the world cannot give
so that our hearts may be inspired to stand in the strength of the Gospel
against all that would threaten the dignity of human life.

Strengthen us, O Lord,
with a spirit of true generosity
so that when we are called upon in times of need
we may faithfully serve you in our care for our neighbors.

Bestow upon us, O Lord,
the sure and certain hope and consolation
that come from knowing that no power in this world
is so great or so terrible that it can separate us
from the immensity of your love which comes to us in Jesus Christ.

Receive into the peace of your Kingdom, O Lord,
the innocent whose lives were ended so abruptly by an act of terror
and those whose lives were so generously given in the work of saving others.

Comfort their families in their loss,
and bless us with your grace that our lives may know and communicate
the great and saving truth that through Jesus Christ your Son
we have won the victory over death and have received the promise
of a blessed inheritance of eternal joy in the light of your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.