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Bishop of San Diego responds to San Bernardino shootings

Bishop of San Diego responds to San Bernardino shootings

From the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego:

Keep Watch, Dear Lord

As we learn about the violence in San Bernardino, our first response is to go down on our knees and pray for those who have been killed or wounded. We pray for families and communities that are broken and scarred by senseless violence once again.

As disciples of Jesus, we are those who see the image of God in every human being. In the hours and days ahead, we learn more about what is already a profound tragedy. To underscore how close this travesty hits, I have learned from the Rev. Andrew Green that one of his parishioners from St. Paul-in-the-Desert, Palm Springs was present at the facility and is now safe.

There will be time to ponder the deeper implications and our response to this moment, but this night let us pray deeply that God may assuage the sorrows of those most harmed by today’s evil.

I wish you blessings and peace this night.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 124

Three gunmen have killed 14 people and injured 17 or more at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California.


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Pat Hart

The pictures were taken in the “Bishops March Against Gun Violence” in Utah during the General Convention, it was a wonderful experience.

Shirley O'Shea

With all due respect and charity, I call upon our new Presiding Bishop to compose a prayer to be recited in all churches in the country, for God’s establishment in our hearts of a desire and will to love our neighbor, to be models of non-violence not just in our acts but in our words, for we must acknowledge the violence of our public discourse, and that God will guide the electorate and public policy makers into sound, wise and truly charitable policy regarding the ownership of firearms.

JC Fisher

It’s ora AND labora, dear bishop.

There’s TOO MUCH “let’s just pray for the victims.”

If we’re not working to prevent MORE victims, “our faith is dead”.

ENOUGH GUN VIOLENCE already!!! We must ACT, and the gun lobby be damned.

Ann Fontaine


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