9/11 Prayer Service by Jess
Gods of Olympos, hear our prayers,
We pray today to honor those who died on this day in 2001 in New York and in Arlington and we honor the brave passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. We honor all those whose threads have been cut too soon
by acts of hate, and we pray to honor those who survive them. May they find peace.
We pray today, not for ourselves, but for our nation, as we still struggle on our path to peace.
May Apollo Alexikakos, who averts harm, keep safe the firefighters, police officers, EMTs and other first responders of our nation.
May Theos Nomos guide our President in wisdom, reason, and strength
May Athene AmerikanÃa and Hestia, goddess of the Hearth of the State, give wise counsel to our lawmakers, judges, officials, and advisors.
May Polemistes Talaurinos, who fights under the shield’s guard, lead American soldiers safely to honorable victories.
May Dionysos Melpomenos, who sings of tragedy, help us remember the truth of the day of the silent skies.
It is said amongst Muslims:
Whoever believes in Allah and the final day (Day of Judgment)
it is essential that he does not harm his neighbors and whoever believes in Allah and the final Day
it is essential for him to entertain his guest with kindness and generosity and
whoever believes in Allah and the Final Day
it is essential that he speak what is good or otherwise remain silent.
–The Prophet, (PBUH)
And amongst Christians:
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (1 John 2:9-11)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:8,12)
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:20)
May all Americans see the wisdom in these words.
May all Americans be hospitable and show kindness to strangers and fellow citizens.
May all Americans be blessed by the Gods of Olympos.
And may all people everywhere be happy and filled with loving kindness.