January 20, 2020

Prayers After the Diamond Head Tragedy
The following is from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick:

I write this day with a heavy heart. The tragic death of two police officers -- Officer Tiffany Enriquez and Officer Kaulike Kalama – yesterday in the line of duty and the fire during the incident that have left families homeless (in the Diamond Head neighborhood of Honolulu), are shocking and raise the specter of violence we do not know in these Islands. We are reminded that police officers and other first responders often have to push into unknown and unsafe places on our behalf as a community. Likewise, we together must face up to the reality of mental illness and increased violence in our communities. In the days ahead, we will pray for the two murdered Officers, grieve with their families and co-workers, care for our broken community, and ruminate on the causes of this tragedy. We must also continue to seek a community of peace, care and justice. Today, we mourn. 

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer, especially Tiffany and Kaulike: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan 

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