Our merciful God,
Hear our prayer for all those who will die today
because of war and economic oppression, especially the children.
Prepare them for the agony, despair,
and terror of the violence that is upon them.
Comfort them and hold them close to the Abraham's bosom
as they drink deeply of the bitter cup which is forced upon them.
Wipe their tears, calm their fears, welcome them to peace and safety.
Eternal rest grant to them, and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May all rise in judgment against the wickedness
that brings this violence upon the world.
Overturn the thrones of tyranny, scatter the unjust, cast down the bloody rulers
who make the cry of the widow and orphan rise to heaven.
Give us your grace and strength to stand against the demonic powers
which prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Grant that peace with justice will come to all the world.