Prayer for those who perished in Newtown, Conn.
Connecticut State Police released the following list of names and dates of birth for 26 people who perished on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during and after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
O Gracious God, whose mercies cannot be numbered, and whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them: Give us grace to entrust these children and teachers to your never-failing care and love:
Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006
Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006
Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006
Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005
Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
James Mattioli, March 22, 2006
Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005
Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960
Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006
Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006
Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006
Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006
Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982
Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956
Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985
Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006
Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006
Almighty and merciful Father, deal graciously with their families, friends, and communities in their grief. Surround them all with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come.
We also pray for the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, who died at the hands of her son, as well as for her son who died by his own hand.
We pray all these things through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.