This day has been organized by more than 100 interfaith leaders and is meant “to mourn, lament, and honor the dead, acknowledge the unequal nature of our suffering, pray together for the healing of the nation, and recommit to the difficult work ahead.” It was organized before the events of this weekend and is even more needed and poignant now.
“O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day all who have died. We thank you for giving them to us, and to their family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console all who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”