O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—

the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

Pope Benedict XI–Prayer at Ground Zero
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  1. May God bless us as we go forward from this day to heal the hurting, to forgive the unforgivable, to be the vehicle for renewed faith in his understanding and love and to remember those who perished in this tragedy. Thank you Holy Father for your intercession and thank you, God for your eternal mercy.

    Say five times, once for each wound:
    My Jesus, I love and venerate Your Sacred Wounds by whose merit Iam redeemed.

    Jesus hear our prayer tru Our Mother Virgin Mary!
    Papst Benedikt thanks for guidings us, Jesus
    to understand and Love him from the bottom of our Heart . Amen.
    Viva Benedeto. We love you Thanks.

  3. And when Iam lifted up from the earth,I shall draw all men to myself.{Jn8,28} We pray for peace,reconciliation,and more publicity to your Gospel.May our comtemporary society heed to this caution,convert,and strive to escape regrets while it may be late,Amen!

  4. O God of mercy and compassion,our father,the successor of St Peter,Pope Benedict xv1,has lifted to you,O Lord of Host,the general prayers,supplications and requests of all who gathered @ ground Zero and also,those at their homes,business places and even those who are in the clinics.I pray our Lord and God,that in your infinite love,mercy and compassion,grant these prayers in your own time and be with the families of the dead,Amen.Mother Mary,be our intercessor to your son,our Lord Jesus Christ,Amen.

  5. Thank you Hoy Father for that beautiful prayer… We love you!!!!!!
    I agree with you there concerning Peace….. We will always remember those who have gone before us on that day..

    I was at home when the first plane went in and then when the second went in I was arriving at work….. I began to pray the rosary and have been ever since that day…. 🙂


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