Prayers in response to Paris terror attack

    8 Jan. 2015

    The Church of England has issued the following prayers in response to the Paris terror attack.

    Compassionate God and Father of all,

    we are horrified at violence

    in so many parts of the world.

    It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified.

    Hold back the hands that kill and maim;

    turn around the hearts that hate.

    Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace -

    peace that passes our understanding

    but changes lives,

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.


    God of Hope,

    we come to you in shock and grief and confusion of heart.

    Help us to find peace in the knowledge

    of your loving mercy to all your children,

    and give us light to guide us out of our darkness

    into the assurance of your love,

    In Jesus Christ our Lord.


    Merciful God,

    hear the cries of our grief,

    for you know the anguish of our hearts.

    It is beyond our understanding

    and more than we can bear.

    We pray that justice may be done

    and that we may treasure the memory of their lives

    more than the manner of their death.

    For Christ's sake.