Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have all been shocked and saddened by the unfolding news of the tragedy in Boston on Monday. We have all been reading about this from various reports around the country, and hearing the reaction of the faith community around the world, especially a telegram sent on behalf of Pope Francis which says, in part, “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good…” (Romans 2:21).
The heroic efforts of so many people in Boston to assist the victims are a testimony of these words of St. Paul, and a visible reminder that evil is never the last word. The victims of this heartbreaking act of violence have been in the prayers of all of us here in Orange. I encourage all within our family of faith here in Orange County to join me in praying for those taken, injured and impacted by this tragedy. We stand with them in prayer and solidarity.
Bishop Kevin Vann
Lord our God
You are always faithful and quick to show mercy.
Our brothers and sisters in Boston were suddenly and violently taken from us.
Come swiftly to their aid, have mercy on them,
and comfort their family and friends by the power and protection of the cross.
May those who were injured soon be healed.
May those who are investigating these crimes be protected,
and that all those who have been affected by these shocking events may be comforted.
We ask this through Christ our Lord