Archbishop Coakley's prayer of remembrance on anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing

"Lord God, we lift our hearts in prayer and remembrance this day. We praise you for your faithfulness and love. In our darkest hour, you revealed your presence in countless ways as 'Emmanuel,' 'God with us.' You are with us still. ...

Lord, you are the God of mercy and compassion. We thank you for the gifts of healing so graciously bestowed on countless individuals and families in this community. We thank you for the many signs of recovery and rebirth in this great city. We ask your continued grace to heal those who still suffer and grieve the loss of loved ones or other painful losses of health or innocence that day.

We pray that our city will continue to be a beacon of hope, of healing and reconciliation for all people. Lord, we pray especially that violence and hatred will never rule our hearts, but will always be overcome by mercy and forgiveness and compassion.

We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen."


-- The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City