Lord God, your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked, yet he prayed for his persecutors and overcame hatred with the blood of the cross.
Into your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters whose lives were taken in Orlando last weekend. In this life, you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.
Relieve the suffering of the injured and all families affected by this tragedy. Grant them peace of mind and a renewed faith in your protection and care.
Protect us all from the violence of others, keep us safe from the weapons of hate, and restore to us tranquility and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Please join the Diocese of Orlando in a prayer service tonight at 7:00 pm.